I've got a small compost tumbler which I put all my green kitchen waste into (no meat) and it's turned regularly, from which I get pretry good compost from in about 5-6 weeks. I added some worms from the garden which multiply fairly prolifically in time. I empty it and put the compost onto my raised beds leave some worms and compost in there which re-starts the next lot. Does anyone else use tumblers or worm boxes? What do people prefer/think is best?
I am incredibly lazy – that is why I like permaculture; in its purest form it removes as many labor related functions as possible.
Here are my three methods – and none of them involve turning or tumbling the compost.
1. Compost in place.
2. Put waste in the top of a large bin and have a large opening at the bottom that I pull finished compost out of. I try not to disturb the worms.
*But I do sometimes steal too many worms for other projects so I have to put more in.
3. Have large bin to put waste in with a completely open bottom. Occasionally I move the bin to different areas – worms and other creatures continually move the waste into the earth enriching the area. Sometimes I will plant all around the bin. And sometimes volunteer plants sprout there too.