You don’t actually NEED anything to start composting. The forest manages to do it quite nicely without any “gear” whatsoever. But sometimes it’s nice to speed things up.
Here are three pieces of composting gear to consider:
The links above will take you through to the exact product. Details on each product are written below.
Kitchen Compost Bin for Food Scraps
We switched from a plastic bin to a stainless steel kitchen compost bin about five years ago and haven’t looked back. In a perfect world, I’d empty the food scrap compost bin into the outdoor composter every day. In reality, that doesn’t always happen. Don’t mess around with fruit flies. Get a proper kitchen compost bin with a lid (and empty it outside regularly!).
I recommend the Fiskars Steel Garden Fork for homeowners composting in a compost heap or a three-bin system. Our metal garden forks last and last…while the wooden and fiberglass handle models do not. A pitchfork certainly doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be made of rust-resistant metal and have an ergonomic D-ring handle.
Last summer we finally broke down and ordered this somewhat generic compost tumbler off Amazon. It has been amazing! We’d always used the bin system and turned it by hand, but there just isn’t time for that now with young kids. This tumbling composter has kept us composting when we otherwise would not have been so inclined.
We’ve had such a great experience with our plain jane compost tumbler that we’re considering stepping up to the top-of-the-line Envirocycle Composting Tumbler Bin. I love that it comes in both black and hot pink. In a perfect world, I’d have both – one to add fresh food scraps to and one to leave to “cook”. I’d better start saving!