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Adventures in Composting: Putting together our tumbling composter

Posted Feb 14 2011 12:04am
A couple of weeks ago, we bought a tumbling composter after our box composter had some critter issues.  My wife likes to incorporate fruit and vegetable scraps into the compost pile, but that can lead to some unwanted critters making home in the compost.  Last summer, I opened the top of the old composter and a small rat leaped (literally) from the composter to the tall Photinia bushes nearby, a mere four feet.  Needless to say, it scared both the rat and me.

So, we went with the fully enclosed and raised tumbling composter.  Of course, what I am looking for is some good rich compost to supplement my soil for bamboo and other plants in the garden.

The first chuckle as we assessed the adventure ahead of us was the statement on the large blister pack full of screws, bolts and parts - 'Hardware is actual size."  Really....

The composter's brand was Lifetime, no doubt branded to mean it lasts a lifetime, but after today, it felt like a lifetime to put it together.  You know your in for it when you have to use a drill, it has instructions in six languages and it says "takes two adults to assemble."  Throw in some blood-thirsty mosquitoes and it's a good time!

After a few choice words and a few screws leftover, we constructed the tumbling composter.  Rich dark beautiful compost, here we come!

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