Best Compost Bins for 2018 Review
Probably the most important part of gardening is making sure your plants get the proper nutrients they need. For instance whether you grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers or cactus the better the nutrition your plant has the more it is going to flourish.
You can buy bags of fertilizer at your local garden center that will work okay to a greater or lesser degree. You need to realize that some of them are organic and some of them are a synthetic fertilizer. The synthetic fertilizers will probably contain ammonium phosphate that can be toxic to your plants and soil.
By far the best and cheapest way to get fertilizer for your plants is by composting. Rich compost contains all the nutrients your plants need. As a result you will end up growing larger, healthier plants.
Known as “Black Gold” compost contains nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium. It also contains the micro nutrient’s manganese, iron, copper and zinc. These are the basics any type of plant needs to flourish and grow.
Fallen leaves are the main ingredient in a compost pile. The further we move into fall the more your deciduous trees will lose their leaves. Gathering them up can be a lot of work so you might as well get something back for your efforts.
Try taking a look at part of your yard where you haven’t raked up leaves for a few years. Pull the leaves back with a rake and you will see a dark, rich colored soil that is actually compost. As a result of not raking them for a few years they will actually become the next top layer of “dirt.”
Instead of bagging them up and throwing them away or burning them you should just throw them into a compost bin.
Other things that can go into a compost bin are vegetable scraps, lawn clippings, dead plants, coffee grounds and tea bags. Basically anything organic that was grown in the ground.
However, it is not a good idea to add meat. It will attract flies who will lay maggots and it will smell really bad.
Something you can add to your compost bin is a bag of cow manure. It will help to speed up the composting process by adding its own bacteria. But do not worry it doesn’t smell like you think it will.
The last two ingredients are water and oxygen. They help to produce bacteria and microorganisms that in turn will decompose the organic matter faster.
The final step is turning the pile every so often, I would say at least once a week, to help speed up the process. The center of the pile will heat up and decompose faster than the edges will. By turning it the pile will breakdown more evenly.
There are basically two types of composters. One type that sits on the ground and has an open bottom to let worms and caterpillars in and the ability to whick up moisture from the ground. The other type sits off of the ground and has a handle so you can turn it easily.
There are kitchen counter top model compost bins which can hold a few items or you can make your own compost bins with a little bit of work. The quickest and easiest way to produce useable compost is with a compost bin. Here are some of the best compost bins or sometimes called “composters” I have found on Amazon.
Every compost bin in this review met certain criteria.
1- They all will have at least 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. They have upped their standard for reviews making them more legitimate.
2- All of the compost bins must be eligible for Amazon prime or have free shipping. That way there is no extra cost to you.
After I get done reviewing these compost bins I will give you my recommendations on which ones I think have the best value.
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Review of the Best Compost Bins for 2018
The Redmon green culture is a top quality weather resistant compost bin.
1- Measuring 26″L x 26″W x 31″H it has a capacity of 65 gallons.
2- It is made of durable, high impact plastic resin that will give you many years of use.
3- Easy to use and maintain. All you have to do is open up the top lid and put in your leaves and scraps. After they decompose you have 4 doors on the bottom to take out your compost.
4- Ventilation holes throughout unit allow oxygen into your compost pile.
5- The bottom is open allowing worms and caterpillars into your compost bin. This is a great way to speed up the compost process.
6- 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Redmon Green Culture is a good quality inexpensive compost bin that would work great for beginning composters.
This Algreen compost bin is made of recycled resin plastic that will last you a long time.
1- This unit measures 27″W x 27″D x 32″T and has a capacity of 12.65 cubic feet.
2- The top lid is easily opened for putting in leaves and scraps and will lock closed to keep critters out.
3- The 2 hatches on the bottom allow you access to the finished compost.
4- Also designed with no bottom to allow worms and caterpillars in.
5- Comes with a 20-year manufacturers warranty.
6- 4.1 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
The Algreen compost bin is a well-made easy to use compost bin that as all the qualities you need to produce top grade compost.
This is a good quality composter that can give you useable compost in 2-4 weeks.
1- This composter measures 28.5 x 26 x 36.8 for a total capacity of 42 gallons.
2- This unit actually contains
two separate chambers so you
can produce compost at different
intervals throughout the year. This product does come unassembled so you can leave the center divider out and just make a bigger compost bin.
3- The bin is made of polypropylene plastic and the legs are made out of powder coated steel. This composter is made to last outdoors for a long time.
4- 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Large and well constructed the Max Works garden compost bin tumbler with its dual chambers and the ability to turn the pile will give you endless amounts of compost.
Like the one above the Yimby composter will give you top grade compost in as little a 2 weeks. The key is turning the pile several times every 2-3 days. This allows more aeration, or in other words oxygen, to reach every part of your compost pile increasing the decomposition rate.
1- Measures 36 x 31 x 28 for a total capacity of 37 gallons.
2- The bin is made of recycled polypropylene and the legs are made of galvanized steel.
3- Also comes with two chambers so you can have compost decomposing at different rates and have a continuous supply of quality compost for your garden.
4- This unit contains adjustable air vents and large fins inside that help to break up your compost and aerate the pile evenly.
5- 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Yimby tumbler composter is another top quality composter that any beginner can use.
The EJWOX compost tumbler has two chambers allowing you to garden waste into nutrient rich compost with no downtime.
1- Measures 28.5″ x 26″ x 37″ and has a 43 gallon capacity.
2- Made of 50% recycled plastic and 50% new plastic and is supported by steel legs.
3- The drum rotates 360 degrees to aerate the compost and to allow for easy access to the finished product.
4- Assembles easily with basic hand tools.
5- 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The EJWOX garden compost tumbler is well constructed and an easy to use composter that will give you Quality compost throughout the year.
The Good Ideas compost wizard Jr. is a somewhat larger tumbler with a capacity of 52 gallons.
1- This unit measures 22″ x 23.5″ x 30″ for a capacity of 7 cubic feet of compost.
2- Made of mostly recycled polyethylene. The 12″ lid screws on to keep varmints out and is large enough to let you put in a lot of leaves at once.
3- This large designed tumbler will give you rich compost in 30-45 days.
4- The tumbler turns easily on the four wheels mounted on the base.
5- Made in the USA and FDA approved and also comes fully assembled.
6- 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The unique design of the Good Ideas compost wizard Jr. makes composting easy and will give you a large amount at one time.
The Free Garden earth compost bin is one of the larger ones on the market.
1- Measures 31 x 27.5 x 36 and has a capacity of 11 cubic feet or 82 gallons.
2- Comes pre-assembled and ready to use. There is no base on this composter to allow worms in. It does come with stakes to hold it to the ground.
3- The lid locks into place and it has vented slot along the bottom to allow air to circulate. Large door on the bottom gives you access to the compost when it is done.
4- Made of 100% recycled material and comes with a compost guide.
5- 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
If you have a large backyard with a lot of trees and want to do a lot of composting the larger size of the Free Garden earth compost bin would make a great choice.
The Hot Frogs tumbling composter is a well-designed large one piece body composter.
1- This composter measures 24L x 27W x 24H and will hold up to 37 gallons.
2- Made of UV-resistant recycled plastic.
3- 1/4″ holes on each side allow for aeration of your compost pile.
4- The compost bin rolls easily on its base and will give you new compost in 3-4 weeks.
5- The body can be taken off the base and rolled to where you need to either rake up leaves or drop off compost.
6- The heavy-duty lid slides to the side for easy access.
7- 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The Hot Frogs compost tumbler is well-designed, has a large capacity tumbler made of only 3 pieces of heavy-duty plastic.
Here is another compost tumbler designed by Hot Frogs that is well-made and very versatile.
1- The overall dimensions are 36L x 31W x 28H and has a capacity of 37 gallons.
2- Also made of UV-resistant recycled plastic with a steel frame and plastic wheels.
3- Top panel slides to either side for access to the 2 doors which measure 9″ x 6″ each.
4- It is easy to tumble with built-in hand holds.
5- 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
The dual-chamber compost tumbler by hot frogs is very mobile and easy to use.
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