No garden is complete without a good quality composting bin. A decent composting bin allows you to turn your organic waste products into nutrient rich compost to add as an amendment to your garden soil or raised garden beds. Making and using your own compost will help to boost the growth of your plants and reduce green waste going to landfills.
You can compost most organic waste, including kitchen food scraps, grass clippings, fall leaves, inedible parts of vegetables (stems, leaves), small twigs, produce that has gone rotten, and many other types of organic material.
A good quality compost bin should be made from robust materials that will hold up will to the outdoor weather. It should also provide ample ventilation to allow air flow and oxygen to get at the compost. This will ensure it creates an ideal environment for the good micro-organisms to help break down the organic matter.
It should also be large enough to accommodate most of your organic waste, and give you easy access to be able to turn the compost over on occasion (if required). It should also provide easy access to the finished compost at the end of the processes so you can use it in your garden.
If you’re looking to buy a high quality composting bin for your garden, here are some of the most popular composting bins, based on customer reviews from gardeners that are actually using them in their gardens…
The Redmon Green Culture 65-Gallon Compost Bin is made from rugged, weather-resistant plastic resin with UV protection and has a 65 gallon / 8.6 cubic feet capacity. That ensures it will have a long life outdoors and produce a steady supply of compost for your garden.
Simply lift off the lid on the top for convenient access to place your garden and lawn waste inside. The ample ventilation holes are spread right around the bin to ensure enough air and oxygen gets to the compost inside to help in the overall composting process.
There are also four doors right around the base of the compost bin giving you easy access to remove the finished compost from each side. The Redmon is easy to assemble and comes with a useful composting guide. As previous customers have said…
“Great price, easy to assemble, holds a lot of material, easy to unload…”
“We love that we can get to the compost on all 4 sides. It was easy to assemble and it doesn’t take up to much space…”
“Awesome bin for the price! It was so easy to put together and it is working out beautifully. It’s full of worms we didn’t put in there, the compost is coming along nicely…”
The GEOBIN composter is slightly unique when it comes to composting bins, in that rather than being made of a solid material with vents and ventilation holes drilled into the side, it is more of a solid yet also flexible mesh type material. This allows for a compost bin with some of the best air ventilation there is, improving the quality of the compost (and the time it takes to make it).
Made from 50% recycled plastic, this compost bin has a very large capacity that is expandable up to 4 feet (216 gallons). It is easy to assemble, you essentially “unroll” it to the size required, and click it together into a circular shape using the provided closure keys. To change the size, simply modify the size of your circle and clip it together in a slightly different place. To move, just unclick the closure keys, move to the new location and roll it back together again.
The unique thing about this bin is that you can compost inside it until you have a finished product, or create multiple compost piles, filling it half way, then taking it apart leaving that started compost pile behind, move it to a new location, and start again. For the price and the composting capacity, this is an excellent option for the garden. As previous customers have said…
“I’ve tried several more expensive bins on the market as well as constructing my own bins, and this is the best of them all…”
“This bin is a great value. It’s simple, cheap, and it works. Frankly, it does not make much sense to spend over a hundred dollars for a bin, which is what most cost. The best alternative to this is to make a bin yourself out of wire fencing or hardware cloth, which I have heard works great and I almost did that myself before settling on this. This is more convenient and more attractive, which matters if (like me) you don’t have any place on your property to put it out of sight. It’s also only barely more expensive than the DIY version…”
The 120 gallon Eco-Master Polypropylene Composter is made from 100% recycled UV resistant material and as a stand alone compost bin is almost twice the size of other regular compost bins. It has a very large opening in the top to add your garden and kitchen waste, although some customers have said the compost bin lid latch could be a bit more robust as it has a tendency to pop off.
The bin itself can be assembled in just a few minutes without tools (everything simply snaps together) and if you have a large volume of organic waste material you need to compost, it could be a good option for the price. As previous customers have said…
“Have a lot of leaves that I make into compost. This is my 7th composter and its the best one yet…”
“Literally a snap to assemble. For the price, however, it could be a bit more rugged than it is…”