A tumbler bin is a cylinder bin that either sits on the floor or on a central axle that you rotate to speed up the compost process. Generally, a compost tumbler composts material down in around three months, but it’ll need to be pretty much full to set it off, and once it’s started, you can’t add any more to it.
Tumblers are a good space saving choice, but if you want to continually add to the compost, I’d recommend a plastic one instead.
As you’re tidying up your garden this autumn and preparing it for winter you’ll probably find you have a lot of materials that you can chuck in the compost bin. You’ll also find all those leftover food scraps from Christmas need to go somewhere!
However, this is not always the case. Some materials can’t be composted at all, and people will often just chuck anything in their compost bin, hoping it’ll mulch down, only to end up with a bit of a mess at the end of it.
Likewise; there are also lots of things that you may not realise you can put in your compost bin so here’s my list of what you should and shouldn’t be composting.
What can I compost?
Coffee grounds and filter paper
Corrugated cardboard and paper
Crushed egg shells
Egg and cereal boxes
Old flowers, nettles, leaves
Sawdust, wood chippings
Tissues, paper towels
Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
Vacuum bag contents (if it’s general dust)
Do not compost
Putting any of the following in your compost bin can attract unwanted pests, create bad odours and make your current composted materials unusable.
Invasive weeds and grasses
Walnuts release a chemical that is toxic to other vegetable and plants so don’t compost these as you don’t want these chemicals in your soil!
Make sure you put a good mix of materials in to give your compost the best chance of creating some really nutritious soil. It takes nine-twelve months for compost to become ready to use, so be prepared to wait a while! You will know it’s ready when it’s a crumbly and dark material that smells earthy and fresh.
Check out my full guide to compost to print and keep!
Remember – gardening doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out my blog on ten ways to save money gardening.