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Composting Tips for when using the Tumbleweed


The Tumbleweed Compost Maker is the best batch type compost maker we have found. Here are some Composting Tips for when using the Tumbleweed:

Most organic waste can be composted. For best results mix 75% lawn clippings with 25% other materials. Use leaves, vegetable scraps, tea leaves, fruit peelings, coffee grounds, vacuum dust and crushed eggshells. Chopping and shredding larger items speeds up the process. The more uniform in size the quicker the decomposition process.

Where to put your Tumbleweed compost maker?

  • The compost bin should be situated in a sunny position as heat enhances the composting process.
  • Site compost unit in an easily accessible place so that can be easily fed and tumbled.
  • Place composter unit near where you walk out the door so you can give it a quick treat or turn on your way out!

How long does it take Tumbleweed to make compost?

The Tumbleweed Compost Bin can produce four loads of compost for every one produced by traditional methods. To produce compost in four weeks almost fill the compost tumbler and tumble every two to three days. During summer and the growing season this is the most commonly used method. If you do not have sufficient material to fill the compost bin, just keep adding ingredients and tumble the compost bin over a period of time. It will take a further two weeks to produce compost after adding the last lot of material. This method is most commonly used in winter.

How to use your compost?

  • When your compost is dark brown and "earthy" it is ready to use and may be dug into the garden or spread as a mulch on the surface.
  • Digging into the garden improves the soil by adding humus and attracting worms.
  • It will loosen heavy clay soils and enhance the water holding capacity of sandy soils in particular.

Mulching thickly on the garden surface will:

  • Reduce water evaporation by up to 80%.
  • Maintain a constant soil temperature which reduces water usage.
  • Insulate the soil, keeping roots cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • Add nutrients to your soil.

Note: You can use the contents of your compost bin before they have completely broken down for mulching. At this stage you will still be able to distinguish some of the ingredients. Besides the advantages already discussed, mulching will provide food for worms, thus attracting them to your garden.