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Making Compost Recipes in Tumbler Composters

Successful Recipes for Making Compost in a Tumbler Composter

6 SUCCESSFUL RECIPES FOR MAKING COMPOST IN A TUMBLER COMPOSTER


If you have read articles about composting most will have provided information regarding the combination of materials called green that are high in nitrogen content compared to carbon content and the oposing materials called brown which have high carbon content compared to nitrogen. This is because all materials once living contain both carbon and nitrogen in varying amounts depending on the function of that material. You know you need some of both to make good compost. If you want a sample of combinations of green and brown ingredients here I will provide a few recipes that have been tried and proven to produce good results in smaller batches using a tumbler composter.


These recipes are listed with recipe 1 making the hottest mix(helps to kill weed seeds,produces useable compost quicker) to recipe 6 being the coolest (easier to work with but takes a little longer to break down materials).


These recipes are by volume because weighing this stuff for home use would be way too much trouble.


Recipe #1


2 parts Dry leaves
2 parts Straw or shredded newspaper (black print only)
1 part Manure
1 part Fresh grass clippings
1 part Fresh garden weeds
1 part Food scraps
1 cup Compost starter/activator per 20 lbs of material
1 cup Blood or Alfalfa meal per 20 lbs of material


Recipe #2


3 parts Dry leaves
1 part Fresh grass clippings
1 part Fresh garden weeds
1 part Food scraps
1 cup Compost starter/activator per 20 lbs of material


Recipe #3


6 parts Dry leaves
3 parts Food scraps
3 parts Fresh grass clippings
2 lbs Finished compost and/or 1 cup compost starter/activator per 20 lbs of material


Recipe #4


3 parts Dry leaves
3 parts Fresh grass clippings
2 lbs Finished compost and/or 1 cup compost starter/activator per 20 lbs of material






Recipe #5


3 parts Dry grass clippings
3 parts Fresh grass clippings
1 part Peat moss
1 cup Compost starter/activator per 20 lbs of material
2 lbs Coffee grounds per 20 lbs of material (include filters)


Recipe #6 (experiment more)


4 parts Fresh grass clippings
1 parts Peat moss
3 part Shredded newspaper or cardboard
2 lbs Coffee grounds per 20 lbs of material (include filters)
1 part Food scraps
1 cup Compost starter/activator per 20 lbs of material
1 cup Blood or alfalfa meal per 20 lbs of material


You can approximate the weight by thinking of how a 20 pound bag of potting soil that you will not have to buy now that you are making compost would feel as you lifted it.


Adding a shovel or so of finished compost to these recipes will add beneficial micro-organisms which help decomposition get started.


These recipes are perfect for the tumbler composter ; UCT-7, UCT-9, and Wizard are examples.

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