||[Mar. 22nd, 2011|03:22 pm]
There's a world beneath your feet.
Does anyone here have any experience with the Envirocycle mini composter?
I have limited space, I could fit this in, but I'm just wondering how effective it might be.
Here is a pic with a person next to it, so you can get some idea of the size, if you are unfamiliar with it.
I'm wondering if this would be an effective composter given its size.
(cross posted to gardening http://community.livejournal.com/gardening/)
I don't have one but know folks with rotating composters. They report pros and cons.
Pros: Easy to do a batch at once and to turn. Composts fairly quickly if you fill it up and turn it each day. Looks tidy. No smell when a full batch is done at once. Animals can't get into it.
Cons: For the best results you have to fill it up all at once and let it compost completely rather than adding your compostables each day. If you add fresh each day you'll have a blend of composted and uncomposted material and need to sift out the finished to use. Or you'll need another place to let the compost pile up until you have enough for a batch. If you add compostables to the barrel but don't turn it each day until you ahve a full batch it can get smelly/moldy quickly. Expensive.
I have one, but am not having a lot of success with it. I don't know if my ratios are all messed up, but I've tried fixing it and it still is not composting that great. And if you do mess it up and have it too wet it's very hard to turn. I also had a hard time getting stuff out of it. It was really heavy to just roll off the base like they said. Once off, it was easy to roll to a different part of my yard, but then dumping it out was not fun.
I probably am not doing it exactly how I should, but I still think it should work better. The batch in there right now has been composting for at least 6 months, probably more and is no where near done.
I love the concept and the size but I don't think I'd buy one again.
I love my worm composter though. Years ago I tried it but and a ton of fruit flies. I've since learned how to keep those mostly away and it's doing well. But I only put kitchen scraps in it not yard waste.
2011-03-23 05:28 am (UTC)
I have a couple of friends who have one that is smaller, and it does just fine. They feed the composter wood pellets along with green organic matter, and it breaks it down pretty quickly.
2011-03-23 05:29 am (UTC)
FWIW, the model my friends have is electric. I would imagine the frequent movement would help break things down considerably faster.