I really like this amazing Compost Tumbler by Mantis because it’s small enough for the back porch but large enough to make a nice size batch of compost at one time. And because it can be placed to close to the back door it takes all most no effort at all to give it a spin as you walk by, always keeping the compost working.
I lost the wheels!
This composter is supposed to have wheels, that’s why in this photo you can see the axle, but no wheels. I didn’t exactly lose them, I just took them out of the box, then decided to take this to the nursery to assemble it and I left the wheels at home. You know me; “No wheels? That’s okay, we’ll shoot the video anyway and put the wheels on later.”
Coming Soon! Compost Tumbler Wheels!
Once I get some compost in the composter and cooking it will have wheels, I promise!
In this photo you can see the air vents that allow the compost to breath as it cooks. The lid is super easy to open and close but also has a very secure latch so the compost doesn’t spill out as you rotate the drum.
Good, rich compost can be made in the Backyard Porch Composter in as little as four weeks if you have a good blend of materials to compost. And the composter comes with a handy little booklet that explains in simple terms how easy it is to make good compost.
Compost is the gold of the earth!
Compost is one of the most natural, beneficial ingredients for growing. It’s how Mother Nature intended for things to grow. As leaves and branches fall to the forest floor they naturally decompose leaving behind great compost which in essence is topsoil.
In my nursery compost is an essential ingredient that goes into My Potting Soil Mix. We use a lot of pine bark in the potting soil, but it’s the compost that we add to the pine bark that helps to hold moisture and add actual nutrition.
When your compost is ready to use you can either scoop the compost out as you need it and use it that way, or you can roll the entire composter out to you garden and either dump the compost out or just scoop it out as you need it. It really does come with wheels (you’ll see!) and moving it around with the handle is very easy.
This product was easy to assemble and I like the fact that turning the compost is so easy that the compost is always working, creating a finished product quickly.
We shot this video right after we assembled the composter and the second video is a video from Mantis that shows you how easy it is to assemble the Back Porch Compost Tumbler.
All in all I really like this composter. You already know that I’m a huge Mantis fan. I’ve tried desperately to completely wear out My Mantis Rototiller but so far it just keeps on churning!
Watch the movie!
Watch this video about assembling The Mantis Back Porch Compost Tumbler.
Questions, comments, mean things to say? Post them below and I’ll respond appropriately.
Hi Mike! I purchased one a few months ago and it’s been great! I’m new to composting, but I think I have a pretty good ratio because it seems to be doing its job. It went from about 3/4 full and is now breaking down and is a little under half full. Question – can I add more material to it? I’m not sure at what point I should stop adding material to let it “cook.”
If you are not in a hurry for finished compost you can add more material to what’s in there now.
LORAINE GOODHUE says
Mike, This looks like just what I want. Would sure beat the hand turning with the fork! What is the price range and who carries them. Of cours if you want to give your mantis tiller away I could use it LOL
Just got to the Mantis website.
Or go to compostumbler.com and buy direct from the manufacturer