Happy Monday, MNN readers, and welcome to a special two-part edition of “Not of the garden variety," a weekly, product-centric series that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry.
This two-parter tackles a certain must-have device for any eco-minded gardener. If you guessed composter, you were right on the money. Or on the humus. Today, I'm tackling the big guys — a variety of lean, mean compost machines for outdoor use ranging from worm bins
to tumblers to composter/rain barrel hybrids (sorry, no mass-market Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Composters
to be found here, although you can certainly make your own
And don't fret, later this week I'll be taking a look at space-efficient
indoor/kitchen composters and compost collectors geared for gardeners who are working with limited outdoor space but still want to transform organic household waste
that would otherwise be unceremoniously thrown away into "black gold" — a super-useful, soil enriching homemade fertilizer and gardening amendment.
Do you have personal experience with any of the below outdoor composters? Is there a model that I left out — there are a ton
of options out there — that you'd like to recommend? Tell me about it in the comments section. And be sure to click here
for anything and everything compost-related on MNN.
Compost Wizard Hybrid @ Gaiam
Earthmaker Aerobic Composter @ Target
FSC Certified Wooden Composter - Canadian Spruce @Compost Mania