1. Miracle-Gro Tumbler - I use this dual-chambered tumbler and am very pleased with it. It has two color flaps which make it easy to identify the chamber to which you're adding raw material and the chamber which is full and resting.
2. FCMP compost tumbler - This is a dual-chambered tumbler and a very popular choice too. It is black in color and the two flaps have been differentiated by two signs - a 'plus' for the active chamber and a 'clock face' for the maturing chamber.
Any bin, bucket or a clay pot with a lid:
If you don't want to invest in any equipment just as yet, that's fine. You only need a container to get started. Ideally, you'll need three. Start with one and use others when the first one fills up.
|I used my daughter's beach buckets to start composting.|
Greens and browns collected and ready to be mixed. The contents of both buckets will be put in one.
Greens (Rich in Nitrogen):
Get thrice the quantity of greens!
Ready Compost (I add this)
Cocopeat (I never bought this)
Whether you're using a bin or a compost tumbler, the basic process remains the same. I started with a bin to get the hang of the process and now I've switched to a compost tumbler for ease of use.
2. Put a couple of inches of soil in the bucket.
4. Add double or triple the quantity of dried leaves which will act as browns. You can crush leaves lightly for a faster decomposition.
5. Add accelerator. I generally use garden soil or ready compost or a bit of sour curd as an accelerator.
6. Mix with a shovel. Cover it with browns again.
7. Keep adding greens and browns to this mix everyday or every few days and keep turning. I add a bit of soil or leaves as the top layer every time I add greens to the bin. This deters flies.
8. When the bin gets full, let it rest. I poke the mix every few days for it to aerate. If you're using a tumbler, turn it every other day too. The compost will get ready in around 2 months, depending on a lot of factors, including weather.
9. While the first bin rests, start the same process in another bin. If you're using a double chambered compost tumbler, let the first chamber rest and start the process in another chamber.
Location of the bin:
Keep it on a flat surface and accessible, yet not too close to your house.
This depends on a lot of factors. I would say, don't worry too much about it. Fill it, shut it, forget it (errr...just keep aerating it though!).