Compost bins are one of the larger styles of composters. They are good for gardeners looking to produce large amounts of compost, especially if the it includes generous amounts of yard waste, like grass clippings or fallen leaves. Typically these composts bins run a bit cheaper than other units. They vary is shape, color and size. One potential down side could be manual turning or stirring your compost pile.
The key feature of a compost tumbler is the ease of aeration. Oxygenation is required 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 makes for a faster turnaround for your compost. Some compost tumblers are actually designed to be rolled around, which not only assists in aeration but also makes your compost easy to access throughout your garden.
Kitchen composters are designed to hold food scraps right inside your kitchen. The convenience of a kitchen composter is unrivaled. Some models are a simple container with a carbon or charcoal filter that is kept on the counter. 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. Periodically, the compost is taken outdoors to a compost pile.
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 widely considered to be the best type of compost for your garden. Worms double their population every three months, but they don't over populate the environment. Like a muscle, the more you use worms to compost, the more strong and efficient they become.With indoor and outdoor units available, worm composters can produce top of the line compost all year round.
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. Not only is compost tea a completely organic fertilizer, but it's also a soil conditioner. Commercial fertilizers cannot compete with the nutrients compost can provide. Strained compost tea can be poured directly onto soil or applied by spraying onto plants for a burst of nutritious compost. The compost that has been saturated to make the tea is also useful to spread in your garden.
Whether you live "off the grid" or are just looking for a way to reduce dependency on local water and sewer systems, compost toilets can provide you that freedom, 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 a full septic system - plus there is the added benefit of turning waste into usable 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. A correctly installed composting toilet will leave less of an odor than a conventional toilet.
I encourage you to also visit the Composter Learning Center for additional information on finding the correct composter for you.