Gardening Articles: Care :: Soil, Water, & Fertilizer
New Continuous Input Composter
by Charlie Nardozzi
With the bevy of fallen leaves, grass clippings, and old flower and vegetable plants, fall is a great time to compost yard waste. While there are many home compost units on the market, here is a new one that requires no turning and relies on gravity to transfer materials.
The Earthmaker Composter from New Zealand features a gravity-fed system with three connected chambers that allows the yard waste to slowly descend as it breaks down. It requires only a few minutes every few weeks to keep the system "cooking." Add kitchen scraps and yard waste to the top of the 47-inch-tall and 31-inch-wide composter. After three to five weeks, slide out the bottom panel in the top chamber and let the yard waste fall to the second chamber to continue decomposing. After another three to five weeks, push the partially decomposed compost from the second chamber into the third chamber where it will finish breaking down. The whole process takes about 10 weeks to create finished compost. While the organic matter is breaking down in the second and third chambers, you can add more to the top chamber to create a continuous flow of finished compost throughout the growing season.
The Earthmaker Composter holds up to 16 cubic feet of compost. In trials in England this system produced twice as much high-quality compost as the standard control compost bin.
For more information on this new compost system, go to: Gardeners Supply Company .