Composter Buying Guide

Buying Guide: Composter Types

There are a myriad of ways to turn your kitchen and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost. At Woodland Direct, we offer all of the top name brands and the widest variety of composter types available on the market today. We encourage you to also visit our Composter Learning Center for additional information on finding the correct composter for you.

Compost BinsCompost Bins

Compost Bins are traditionally larger in size than other types of composters. Compost bins are good for a gardener that is looking to produce large amounts of compost, especially compost containing large amounts of yard waste, like grass clippings. They are usually relatively low in cost compared to some other types of composters. Compost bins are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. These bins require manual turning or stirring and must be checked for moisture and temperature levels.

Compost TumblersCompost Tumblers

The most attractive feature of compost tumblers is their ability to easily aerate. Compost requires oxygenation to aid the breakdown of compost materials. These models make this process simple, offering either a turning handle or some type of drum mechanism that makes compost turnover quick and simple. This can make for quick compost turnaround. Some newer models can actually be rolled around. This helps aerate and also makes is easy to deliver the compost to multiple areas of your property by simply rolling the unit to wherever you wish to spread compost.

Kitchen CompostersKitchen Composters

Kitchen composters can be classified as any composter that actually holds materials right in your kitchen. The main draw of kitchen composters is their convenience. Some kitchen models are a simple container with a carbon or charcoal filter that is kept on the counter. Periodically, they are taken outdoors to a compost pile. More advanced electronic models can actually complete the composting process right in the kitchen. Food waste is automatically mixed and heated, greatly increasing the efficiency and lowering the turnaround time it takes to make rich nutrient-filled compost.

Worm CompostersWorm Composters

Worms are the tiny workhorses of the composting world. They help to break down food waste, leaving their castings, or manure behind. Worm castings are considered to be the most beneficial type of compost available. Also, worms will double their population every 3 months, but are able to self regulate and will not over populate. The more you use worms to compost, the more efficient they become. Outdoor and Indoor units are available to produce worm compost all year long.

Compost Tea BrewersCompost Tea Brewers

Compost Tea is a unique method of using compost to create a liquid extract that can be applied to plants for a direct application of beneficial bacteria and fungi where plants need it most. Compost tea can be used as a completely organic fertilizer or soil conditioner. Commercial fertilizers, even organic ones, do not provide the number of nutrients that compost offers. Strained compost tea can be used in a spray bottle for direct application, or poured into soil for a great boost of nutrients to the root systems. The compost that has been saturated to make the tea is still good and can be spread in your garden.

Composting ToiletsComposting Toilets

Compost Toilets are a way to reduce dependency on local water and sewer systems while creating nutrient rich compost. These toilets are often used in cottages or small homes where they are considered a far superior alternative to the traditional outhouse. The cost is much lower to install a composting toilet than to install a full septic system, plus there is the added benefit of turning waste into useable compost. Composting toilets can be self contained, or part of a system, where waste is deposited into a remote tank on a lower level. A common misconception is that there may be an odor present when using a composting toilet, but the reality is quite the opposite. When installed and used correctly, a composting toilet will have less odor than a conventional toilet.