ComposTumbler in greenhouse?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by BearCreekFarm, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. BearCreekFarm

    BearCreekFarm Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    We started putting up our greenhouse yesterday, and may see snow as early as Wednesday- yikes! We are definitely NOT ready for winter. I scrambled around all day today trying to get the barn in order for winter. I filled all four of our outdoor compost bins to the brim, though I doubt they will do much more this season. I am still adding material to the ComposTumbler, which is in the barn. I was dreading the day when I have to empty it and put it away for the winter, when it occured to me to move the whole thing into the new greenhouse. In theory, I should then be able to continue composting all winter.

    Anyone see a downside to this? Any reason it would not work?
    btw- The greenhouse is an attached 10' x 28', and extremely well insulated.
  2. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

    Nov 8, 2004
    The only potential problems I see are:

    1) critters getting into the compost like mice and other rodents.I don't know if I would want them so close to the house. But, you may preempt the problem by keeping a greenhouse kitty.

    2) Where is the liquid compost waste going to go? If it is a dirt floor, no problem. But, with a real floor you may want to have some sort of collection bin under it.

    That's all I can come up with for now.


  3. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2002
    South Central Wisconsin
    1) Critters such as mice and other rodents CANNOT get into a ComposTumbler.

    2) Concentrated compost tea is easily collected as it drips from a ComposTumbler.

    There is no good reason why a tumbler can not be operated in a greenhouse. On the Alaskan North Slope and other establishments near the Arctic Circle, ComposTumblers are used only inside buildings with no problems.