A back porch compost tumbler is an attractive idea for many gardeners.
One of the classic problems with a compost pile is that it is usually pretty far away from the house, and it becomes more work than seems necessary to collect all the kitchen scraps and store them until you are read to make the trek out to the garden.
You can of course store those scraps in a compost crock for a few days, or even do the composting in the house with a kitchen composter, but it would really be handy to have the compost pile right on the back porch.
Here is a look at one of the options for putting a composter on the back porch.
A popular composter model to put on the back porch or patio near your back door are the back porch compost tumblers.
A compost tumbler is often touted as one of the best ways to get fast compost.
And having one on the back porch will encourage you to turn it fairly often, which is one of the keys to getting them to work.
The back porch composters tend to be smaller in size (around 5 cubic feet) and usually are on a small stand with rollers so they can easily be moved, especially to the garden when the compost is done.
Made from some type of polyethylene, there are easy to assemble and lightweight. Usually they are vented to improve the composting, and will have.
There are a few disadvantages to compost tumblers in general, and these in specific.
A tumbler by its nature works best when processing batches of compost.
Fill it up with a good mix of brown to green materials, ideally finely after it’s been chopped or run through a chipper/ shredder, and then just turn it daily for a few weeks.
This is not really how you would like to use a back porch composter, there you would like to just add scraps as they are produced, maybe multiple times a day.
If you do that you are going to continuously have a mix of partially composted materials along with fresh scraps, and the composting will not proceed as quickly.
These often come in panels before they are assembled, and sometimes will leak through the panels.
Be careful to situate these where that’s not a problem until you see if that’s occurring for you.
Also, you need to watch the mix of materials, if you get too many fresh kitchen scraps and not enough brown material, you can get the compost bin to smelling pretty badly.
This is not really the fault of the composter, but more the nature of the scraps that you will tend to put in when primarily adding from the kitchen.