My sweet husband bought me a compost tumbler when we moved to the cabin. It is so wonderful to use. Every fall it gets moved to the deck. When I clean up my containers, I just dump the used soil in. Then it gets filled with fall leaves. For my morning coffee grounds and other kitchen items, I just step out the door. I fill it all winter (which can be many many months here in the hills) and then a top off in the spring with grass clippings. The rest of the summer it just sits. I give her a roll every week, if I remember. This year I kept it in a shady area and added some of my composting worms.
While the tumbler does it's thing, I spend the summer filling this compost pile. It is not going to finish as fast as the tumbler, but can take the bulk of garden cleanup. I am very happy with this bin. It has proven Ella proof, easy to turn, and very accessible.
I can't say enough how easy it is to compost when all you have to do is step out your door. We learned the first year not to leave it on the deck during the heat of summer, unless you like the smell of rotting stuff wafting through your house. It just gets moved to a shady spot. If you are wondering how my worms are doing. I still have them in a bin in the house. I feed them about once a month. I've been running their food through the blender to speed up the process. I'm going to mix the worm compost into the spring containers. I did that mid-summer this year and was pleased with how well my containers did and the number of worms in them.
Below is a photo of my black gold, complete with wiggly worms. I mixed it with some leftover buffalo compost. Each rose got a generous shovelful and the rest was used to top dress the flower beds.
I guess it is still Bonnie season for my husband as he snuck a couple of photos while I was working in the beds today. He is practicing for deer hunting. Meanwhile, I was emptying containers, dividing perennials, cleaning beds, and giving the plants some homemade fertilizer. There is snow in the forecast and I guess I'm as ready as I will ever be.