hi all. we have a 31 acre farm in northern virginia where i have been composting in huge piles. these piles include all kinds of grasses, spoiled hay, various animal manures, food and veg scraps, and cut up paper and cardboard. i leave these piles for a year or more, only turning them a few times a year with the tractor. this makes great compost and i am happy with it.
now i would like to have a small compost tumbler or bin in my garden, something that will take small bits of kitchen, garden, yard, and animal waste. i would like it to compost quickly, be easy to use, easy to empty, and easy to clean.
we could build it ourselves or purchase it. on our farm it is sometimes easier to purchase something than to wait until someone has the time to build what is needed. i was thinking something no bigger than a 55 gallon drum.
my garden is all no til and i have already built up the soil over the years. this is the compost i would add during the garden season rather than bringing large amounts to the garden with the tractor (which is what i do at the beginning and end of garden season).
photos, plans, or suggested styles and brands would be appreciated. i do not have time or energy for a bin system where i need to move or turn the compost on a regular basis. ty
If you must have a bin, check with your municipality or county before you buy or build anything--I just learned that my city's public works dept. will give residents a small, raccoon-proof bin for free if you go down to their office and pick it up! Who knew?!
kris mendoza, i will give call the county about a bin. ty.
miles flansburg, ty, i should have said i wanted something mouse, rat, and snake proof. a couple of years ago i had a small pile composting in the garden. when digging it up in spring my daughter found a snake and several snake eggs at the bottom. i am so freaked out by snakes (good or bad) that i do not leave piles of anything in the garden. my daughter and i did build a big hugelkultur bed in late fall and i am very nervous every time i am near it. plus, i was thinking that something contained would compost quicker. if this is not true then i will keep taking stuff to the big piles and bringing small amounts of compost back when i need it.