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Tumbleweed Tumbling Compost Bin

the Tumbleweed Compost Maker is an above-ground, free-standing tumbling compost bin. 

Organic waste is added and the contents tumbled on a regular basis. Air and moisture are distributed by the tumble action creating ideal conditions for rapid decomposition. Valuable nutrients are retained within the bin and do not leach into the soil whilst vermin are eliminated.

Heavy forking of the contents or complicated layering techniques are not required. Minimum effort is needed to keep the decomposition process working. Simply fill the bin with the required materials and tumble every couple of days. Optimum size allows young and old to tumble even when full.

The compost bin comprises a sturdy, 100% UV-protected recycled plastic and a powder-coated frame. A stainless steel breaker bar through the centre of the drum assists in the mixing of the contents. Vented lids at each end maintain aeration and allow easy access. 

Tumbleweeds unique tumbling action

Aeration of the compost material in the bin is the key to speedy decomposition. Tumbleweed's unique compost bin rotates around its axis through the width of the bin. Therefore, the contents fall from the top to the bottom of the bin as it is tumbled and are thoroughly aerated.

The breaker bar across the middle helps to break up the contents as they fall. Other tumblers rotate around an axis that runs through the length of the bin. When tumbled, the contents roll resulting in minimal aeration.


The Tumbleweed Compost Maker comes in a cardboard box. It is very simple to put together with the aid of a Phillips head screwdriver and a spanner. The whole process will take about 15 minutes and simple instructions come with every compost bin. 
  • Assembled dimensions
  • 117cm H x 65cm W x 85cm D
  • Weight: 10kgs
  • Capacity: 220 litres
  • Carton dimensions component parts
  • 62cm W x 62cm D x 56cm H
The Tumbleweed Compost Maker comes with 5-YEAR MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE.

Where to put your compost bin

The compost bin should be situated in a sunny position as heat promotes the composting process. Place it in an accessible place so that it can be easily tumbled every few days. Put it near to where you will walk past it on the way to the car so you can give it a quick turn on your way out! 

How long does it take to make compost?

The option is yours!

To produce compost in four weeks, almost fill the compost tumbler and tumble every two to three days. During summer and the growing season, this is the most commonly used method. If you do not have sufficient material to initially fill the compost bin, just keep adding ingredients and tumble the compost bin over a period of time. It will take a further two weeks to produce compost after adding the last lot of material. This method is most commonly used in winter. The Tumbleweed Compost Bin can produce four loads of compost for every one produced by traditional methods. 

 How to use your compost

When your compost is dark brown and "earthy", it is ready for use and may be dug into the garden or spread as a mulch on the surface. Digging into the garden improves the soil by adding humus and attracting worms. It will loosen heavy clay soils and enhance the water-holding capacity of sandy soils in particular.

Mulching thickly on the surface of your garden will:
  • Reduce water evaporation by up to 80% 
  • Help to maintain a constant soil temperature, which reduces water usage 
  • Insulate the soil, keeping roots cool in summer and warm in winter
  • Add nutrients to your soil
You can use the contents of your compost bin before they have completely broken down for mulching. At this stage, you will still be able to distinguish some of the ingredients. Besides the advantages already discussed, mulching will provide food for worms, thus attracting them to your garden. 

FAQs about the Tumbleweed Compost Maker

Where should I put my bin ? How long does it take to make compost ? 
How do I use the compost produced by my bin ?

Why is my compost lumpy? +

This usually happens when the bin has not been turned often enough. Tumble the bin every two or three days. As the contents fall from top to bottom, they hit the breaker bar across the middle which helps to break up lumps. Remedy the problem by adding shredded newspaper or empty the bin and dig into the garden and start again.

Why mulch instead of compost? +

Most gardeners want mulch not compost (soil). Mulch is simply added on top of the garden bed in a thick layer 10 - 30 cm deep. This helps to retain the moisture in the soil and protect the surface roots of the plants. It discourages weed growth and is a source of food to attract worms.

What is the difference between mulch and compost? +

Only the degree of decomposition. Mulch contains partially broken-down ingredients and the breakdown of materials is not yet completed. Compost is the final stage of decomposition and is homogenous and looks like a rich brown soil.

Why is my compost hot? +

This is not a problem. Heat is required for decomposition and it indicates that your compost is "cooking" beautifully!

Why does my compost smell? +

A foul smell indicates that anaerobic decomposition (without oxygen) is taking place. It can be caused by not tumbling sufficiently and aerating the ingredients. Or it may be due to too much moisture (see previous question) or it may be a combination of both. In some cases it may be due to not putting the compost bin in a sunny position. Heat is an important part of the decomposition process. The only remedy is to empty the contents and start again.

Why is my compost wet and heavy? +

Vegetable scraps have a high proportion of water. If you have used more than about 25% in proportion to grass cuttings, this may be the problem. Fix it by adding shredded newspaper. Alternatively, empty the bin and dig it into your garden and start again.

The question I want to ask is not here, who can help me? +

Please contact Tumbleweed Europe direct by phone on 01604 882442 and our friendly staff will help you. When you call you will speak direct to a real person and not a machine.

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