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How to Build a Tumbling Composter: 11 Steps

How to Build a Tumbling Composter: 11 Steps
Edit Article Edited by Tom Stricker, James Quirk, Tom Viren, Sondra C and 28 others One of the keys to composting is aeration. The bacteria need oxygen to carry out the aerobic respiration that creates rich compost. One way to aerate your compost is with a pitchfork or a compost turning tool. If you keep your compost in a tumbler, however, all you have to do is turn the container. Ad Steps 1Buy a plastic drum, between 20 and 55 gallons (75-200 liters). 11Check the contents occasionally, and when they are broken down by the bacteria in the drum, remove them to use for soil amending, mulch, and other purposes around your lawn and garden. Tips Warnings Filling your composter with green (fresh cut) lawn trimmings or other material may cause it to generate too much heat, in which case it may begin to smolder, if the container is not rotated occasionally.You may need to add supports for the barrel if you're using a plastic drum, otherwise the barrel may rip off of the axle.

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