Composting helps to divert waste from landfills, easily and efficiently converting your yard waste and kitchen scraps in rich organic enhancing fertilizer.
If you are a newbie to the world of gardening or are limited for space in your backyard but are interested in producing your own compost then the Yimby Tumbler composter is worth taking a look at.
A tumbler mainly consists of a barrel on its side with a securable door, into which you add the items you wish to compost (leaves, grass, cuttings, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grinds and food scraps)
Unlike a regular compost bin where you turn the compost manually, with a tumbler you mix it by rotating the barrel every couple of days.
One of the best features of the Yimbly tumbler composter is that it has two separate mixing areas in the barrel. This means that if you start your compost on one side as soon as you start to see the matter well decayed and cured on that side you should start adding your scraps and waste into the second area. By the time you have used all the compost from the first side, then the second side will be ready. This gives you a constant supply of fresh organic fertilizer which can be easily removed through the door of the barrel.
It is fairly easy to assemble, depending on your level of skill, enabling it to be put to use quickly. With a recycled plastic barrel and a steel frame it’s not super heavy but it’s also not likely to get blown over especially once you start to fill it up.
It makes up to 37 gallons of compost at a time which is a good amount for a vegetable garden.
With adjustable air vents you are able to control the amount of airflow going through the compost. It is also designed to be rodent proof so hopefully rats and even raccoons won’t be a problem.
So what are the downsides?
The composter isn’t waterproof but then very few of them are. While a little rain won’t hurt, an ongoing deluge will slow down the decomposition of your matter. To prevent this from happening it is best to place your composter somewhere sheltered but sunny so that if it does indeed get wet, it will dry out quickly.
Some people have complained about there being an odor from the composter. However it’s worth noting that any composter will smell as the matter breaks down especially if you are only using kitchen scraps instead of mixing with yard clippings and newspaper.
If you live somewhere where it rains nearly every day this might not work to well for you, though if it rains that much you may have trouble composting no matter how you do it. Otherwise, this is a great tumbler that doesn’t take up much room.
I think it’s handy having two chambers, using the completed compost from one side while the otherside cures.
In addition the Yimby Tumbler Composter is perfectly priced if you are just getting into composting or only have a small space to allocate for composting.