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Tumbleweed composter

Postby astrodog » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:57 pm

Who else is a big fan of these compost bins???..... I have had one for 4 weeks, and have a load very nearly ready, despite adding continually..... awesome!
Just grass clippings, kitchen scraps, paper and coffee grounds from the coffee shop..... can't wait to start using it!
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Postby The Estate » Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:40 pm

When you turn it , use alternate arms so the mucsle build up is even :roll:
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Postby astrodog » Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:44 pm

It is getting harder to turn now.... still easier than turning with a fork!! :)
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Postby The Estate » Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:57 pm

astrodog wrote:It is getting harder to turn now.... still easier than turning with a fork!! :)



:lol: :lol: :lol: like the add a year or so back, it needs a fordk no a spoon, was a soup add :lol: :lol:
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Postby astrodog » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:01 pm

Mine got a tad moist at one stage, I just add some finely shredded paper or other browns to balance it out a bit..... My work shredder cuts bit less than a millimetre wide..... so it breaks down very quickly....
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Postby Lucky1 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:08 am

Oh I have a tumble weed and I love it :D But I use mine a bit different to you.

I have 2 composting bins and I start the compost off this way and when I have a bin full I transfer it to the tumbler for a few weeks and then out into the garden it goes.

Then once the tumbler is empty, I move another bin's contents into the tumbler..... and so on and so forth through out the year.

I have read that a tumbler is best used by filling it to a safe turnable weight in one go and then start to rotate the tumbler.

I use the turning of the tumbler as a upper exercise program.... twice a day. Not sure if it's working :lol: but i like to think it is :wink:
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Postby sherepearl » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:46 pm

Ive had one for a week and love it, I,m doing same as Lucky, "storing" my compost in the old wheelie bin, then going to put it in the tumbleweed when thats empty. :D
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Postby Lucky1 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:50 pm

Ive had one for a week and love it, I,m doing same as Lucky, "storing" my compost in the old wheelie bin, then going to put it in the tumbleweed when thats empty.


Good on ya sherepearl :D

I find it's a better way of using the tumbleweed. That way it's all composted in the tumbleweed in 1 hit and out it comes in 1 hit.

I do add chook poo the to tumbler as I clean the chook joint out. Plus also in the compost bins and piles spread round the place.
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Postby gardenaholic » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:50 pm

Do you put any poultry manure into it and does it take less time to break down.
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Postby Lucky1 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:54 pm

Do you put any poultry manure into it and does it take less time to break down.


Yes it breaks down a lot quicker. When I am emptying out the tumbler I am always looking at the compost as it empties onto the compost lid bin and then transferred to the wheel barrow.

I turn my tumbler twice a day, As I am in that area to feed the poultry. I love my tumbler. :D
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Postby mitcho » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:14 am

Does anyone have a particular brand etc they prefer? Or are they much of a much?
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Postby Lucky1 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:39 pm

Well I use the tumbleweed style. Mostly due to the price. Some I am sure that are dear are just as good......

My main concern would be how back friendly are they.

Those dear ones are fairly big and I am wondering if filled full for maximum use, would they be too heavy to turn.

I am more than happy with my tumble weed tumbler. (Y)
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Postby Grasshopper » Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:58 am

Well I am gong to the local Ag show next month and will be having a look at many interesting things--will let you know what and if I buy.
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Postby sherepearl » Sat Apr 21, 2007 2:30 pm

My compost has been in the new tumbleweed composter for 3 weeks now, and I cant believe the difference, wont be long till its useable, maybe another 3 weeeks. Would have taken months in my old system :D
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Postby Lucky1 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 5:24 pm

So glad you are happy with the tumbler Sherepearl :D I find I have compost most times when i want it for the garden.
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Postby Pam » Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:20 pm

At our last place, hubby made me a rotating one, as opposed to a tumbling one. He used galvanised pipe to make the stand, and mounted lawn-mower wheels on the two horizontal bars.

He used a 200litre plastic drum, cut a door from it, which he hinged back on, and added a fastener, and drilled a few ventilation holes in one end. A half inch gal pipe was cut slightly longer than the length of the drum so that it would sit diagonally inside the drum, to 'stir' the compost as the drum was turned.

Once filled with shredded prunings (cut up with the lawn mower) with a couple of handfuls of dynamic lifter, it produced good compost in just 2 and a half to 3 weeks.

The one thing I would change if we did it again, would be to find a suitable metal drum, rather than the plastic one, as the weight of the contents tended to make it buckle a bit, where it sat on the wheels - sometimes making it a little difficult to turn.
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Postby Lucky1 » Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:46 pm

I have seen tumblers made with old 44 gallon drums. Wonder how easy it would be to get hold of a 44 gallon drum??
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Postby Pam » Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:46 am

Lucky, they can often be gotten from Produce stores very cheaply.
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Postby Pam » Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:50 am

Oh, and one other thing, if you do buy the tumbling type(as opposed to rotating, or rolling), I have read that they work far more efficiently if it is left in the horizontal position, rather than vertical. Not having had any experience with this type of drum though, I don't know how easy it would be to balance the weight inside to make it stay that way.
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Postby Comeilotei » Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:26 am

Pam wrote:Oh, and one other thing, if you do buy the tumbling type(as opposed to rotating, or rolling), I have read that they work far more efficiently if it is left in the horizontal position, rather than vertical. Not having had any experience with this type of drum though, I don't know how easy it would be to balance the weight inside to make it stay that way.


I'm with you on that Pam. The vertical type is difficult to tumble when heavy, need HUGE muscles, which I haven't got. :oops:

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