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Garland gardeners examine compost bins

An economical and space conscious urban tumblers
An economical and space conscious urban tumblers

In our last installment, we took a look at a variety of materials that make up well-rounded compost ingredients. With all those ingredients now melding together, it’s time to put them to work. Garland gardeners, as we’ve covered in previous articles, need to evaluate soil needs before continuing with a new project. Not all soils are the same and many require a seasonal boost in order to perform at their peak.
Compost provides key components to enrich the soil’s microbes and break down ingredients into workable matter. Getting a jump on a compost bin eases the transition from kitchen to lawn. For the urban gardener, and one with a limited amount of yard space, compost bins are available in generally four forms. They’ll all require some handiwork and regular attention.
The first we’ll look at is the compost tumbler. A compost tumbler, and it comes in a variety of fun, descriptive manufacturer names, provides the easiest means for an urban gardener to turn kitchen scraps into soil. Designed with an upper and a lower rigid plastic housing unit and mounted on a frame, the gardener assembles the units with several bolts circumventing the midsection. The axle running through the midsection breaks apart packed materials as the ventilated lids on both top and bottom allow for content deposits. Moisten contents regularly and to accelerate the composting process, throw in a little beer or red wine. The detailed operating instructions can be simplified into:
Once a day, turn tumbler 30 times. Takes two minutes.
Repeat. That’s it.
The compost tumbler, considering size and space and dollar for dollar, is about the most efficient means for an urban gardener to begin making homemade compost.

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