Compost Aerator – Must Have Composting Tool

Hands down, BEST.GIFT.EVER!

My husband got me the best gift this past Christmas.  He got me a compost aerator!  I know, I’m a lucky gal.  You don’t have to tell me twice.  All kidding aside, I’m a practical gift giver so I also appreciate receiving practical gifts.  I’ve been wanting one of these suckers for a few years and my wish finally came true.  The only problem, Christmas was almost 2 months ago and I haven’t used it once.  The weather has been so cold, I was afraid the middle of my compost pile was frozen and nothing was going to get through it, so I waited and waited and waited for what seemed like an eternity.  Finally, the time was here.  It was Saturday, the rainy mist finally stopped (it’s been raining for like 2 months) and the clouds parted.  The sun shone through and deary me, it was warm and CRAZY humid. Don’t you love the picture I just created for you?  Oh, the drama!  I couldn’t believe it, we were seeing the sun after so many days of rain and gloom.

My first thought, go grab the compost aerator and test it out.

If you’re just starting out with composting, jump on over to my post about why you should do it and how to get started.  This will give you a good amount of information about how beneficial it is to the environment and how to easily get started.

If you’re familiar with composting, you know there are a few requirements in order to make good dirt – water, nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen.  I can tell just by opening the lid, my current pile is very compact and heavy on the nitrogen (food waste, etc.) and lacking in the carbon (paper, dry leaves, cardboard, etc) and oxygen.

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We moved into our current house almost 13 years ago and shortly after moving in, I received a *Deluxe Pyramid Composter bin from my parents for either my birthday or Christmas.  Like I said, I like practical gifts.  Doesn’t everyone want a compost bin?  Anyway, I picked out the one I wanted and that’s what my parents gave me.  It wasn’t fancy, just a black box with sliding doors.  A friend had been in the market as well and was specifically looking for one that was able “to be turned”.  Who needed such fancy (read, more expensive) contraptions in their life, certainly not me.  Well, I probably should have gotten one like that but I didn’t so I had to make do with what I had.  I haven’t been good about (consistent with) “turning the pile” so my compost pile hasn’t turned in to much more than just a compact pile of newspaper and food waste.  I tried my best to keep “turning the pile” with the gardening equipment I had available.  I had a fork looking thing with a long handle that worked ok.  I couldn’t get down to the bottom of the pile easily but it was good for scraping things around and moving into the corners.  Heck, it was better than nothing.

A few years ago, I decided a compost aerator would probably solve all my problems.  It took a while but now that I finally have my *aerator, let’s see how it well it works.

All the bells and whistles

Bosmere Aerator Highlights:

  • made of non-rust steel
  • padded vinyl hand grips
  • activating wings
  • 36″ in height
  • right or left handed

 

My *bin is about 34″ high and is currently about 7/8th’s full.  The compost aerator is 36″ high so when I plunge it down into the pile of food waste, q-tips, tissues, cardboard, shredded newspaper, etc.  it goes right to the bottom.  It only took me one or two tries to figure out that I’ve got to shove it in at an angle rather than perpendicular or it’s going to be a struggle.  Once I went at an angle, it was super easy.  Now, pulling it back out, that took some effort (I could feel my core muscles being activated).  The reason being, the aerator has 4 little flap like things (aka activating wings) that open which enables the aerator to lift and separate the junk in the bin.  I feel like I’m talking about dryer balls, “lift and separate”.  The flaps open, lift up the waste and leave behind some space for air to get in so the magic can happen.

The aerator is quite sturdy and made of non-rust steel so if I forget to put it away and it rains, it’ll be ok.  If you’re at all familiar with composting, you know from time to time, the pile can be quite wet so non-rust steel is definitely the way to go.  I like the design of the two handles (which are padded with vinyl), it makes it easy to plunge down into the pile and then twist.  The padding will ensure I don’t get blisters on my gross sweaty hands in the summer when I’m out hacking away at that bin full of waste.  The placement of the hand grips also allows for easier removal.  Right-handed?  Left-handed?  Doesn’t matter, it’ll work either way.  I have lower back issues so I was happy to find out my back wasn’t aggravated when using the tool.  If there was just one handle, it could be disastrous if you pull the compost aerator out of the pile with a lot of force.  I can totally see myself flying backward.

Now is a great time for me to get out there with my new *aerator and fluff things up a bit.  I need to aerate, get some oxygen flowing through there and start to see those bugs come out.

Seriously, that’s one of my most favorite things, looking at the variety of bugs that come out when I stir the pot.

I’m also going to add some *Hot Compost Starter over the next couple months to see if I can’t get things really cooking in there.  Generally, the composting process slows down in the colder months and speeds up in the warmer months.  I’d like to actually be able to pull out some of the dirt at the bottom for use in my garden this spring so the magic needs to start happening sooner rather than later.

My next gardening project, vermicomposting.  Who loves worms?  I’m not a huge fan BUT, I love seeing all the critters in my compost bin, I could probably be mesmerized by worms in a bucket.

Come on over to my Gardening Board on Pinterest to see what I’m doing in the dirt.

Do you have a compost pile?  Do you have any secrets you’d like to share with me?  I could use any advice.

~ Heather

 

tomato plant with red and ripening tomatoes

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