One of the nicest innovations in the activity of gardening is the invention of the turning compost bin. This turning compost bin already eliminates the step where you need to manually move everything using a shovel or pitch fork. To top that off, it allows for easy storage options compared to a heap which will require a larger space that cannot be easily moved. This is also why it has become a very popular choice among efficient gardeners. You too can enjoy this benefit for your garden by creating your own compost bin that turns.
- Barrel. Choose a nice and sturdy round barrel that you can use for the long term. Metal or wood are two good materials for a barrel .The typical beer barrel may actually be enough for small gardening needs only. For the barrel, puncture a hole in the middle, square or rectangle in shape. This removed piece is to be shaped and re-attached with a lock so that you can close the compost when you are turning or when you are not using it. The hole should be large enough to let out a considerable amount of compost when it is already used for composting.
- Compost pile. Use your compost pile and transfer its contents to the barrel. Fill the barrel to manageable amount that will allow it to pour its contents with little difficulty later on. Just turn the barrel and test the heaviness and the amount of compost pile that you have placed there initially. Make use of the common composting pile ingredients.
- Soil layering. The next step is to add layers of soil. Wet and dry on alternate is best since it will maximize the flow of nutrients on your soil. This is the soil which you will be using in planting your plants and flowers.
- Storage. Store your barrel in a safe place. You can also leave the opening as is, so that worms and other natural cultivators can come in and help in the composting process. This is very beneficial for your garden in the long run. Just make sure to free yourself from harmful infestation who might just as well feast over your barrel as the helpful insects.
- Rotating mechanism. To really save you the turning hassles, you can buy a metallic case fitting your barrel and use its rotating mechanism for your needs. Think of a traditional lottery barrel’s motion; what you need here is pretty much the same.
- Aeration. Puncture some tiny holes all over the barrel to help some air to get in. The goal is also to have more of the carbon element. Nitrogen must also be present, but not to the point of overpowering the carbon content.
Feel free to remain open in exploring other types of composting. Depending on the size of your garden, you might actually need a larger barrel or something else that will stay fixed on a portion of your garden. You can also try industrial or commercially available composting bins if you feel like your gardening has just reached another level and it needs composting at an industrial level. Otherwise, stick to the barrel and enjoy the benefits of having well-maintained and constantly moving compost without hand strain.