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10 Easy Pieces: Compost Turners

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10 Easy Pieces: Compost Turners

November 21, 2017

Aerate your compost pile to speed things up. Bonus: By adding air to your bin full of grass clippings, leaves, and vegetable scraps, you’ll decrease the amount of greenhouse gases it produces.

Creating compost is a garden job you can do in winter (to ensure you have a good supply ready to spread in the spring garden). We’ve rounded up 10 sturdy compost turners—from stirrers that look like long-handled corkscrews to steel hooks—to get you started:

A Compost Turner that has &#8\2\20;a free spinning hardwood handle, allowing the user to aerate compost with ease and efficiency, and without strain,&#8\2\2\1; notes the retailer. It is \$80 from Shed.
Above: A Compost Turner that has “a free spinning hardwood handle, allowing the user to aerate compost with ease and efficiency, and without strain,” notes the retailer. It is $80 from Shed.
A stainless steel Flexi Compost Aerator with a sustainably sourced wooden handle is £\19.99 from Burgon & Ball.
Above: A stainless steel Flexi Compost Aerator with a sustainably sourced wooden handle is £19.99 from Burgon & Ball.
A long-handled Steel Hook from Dutch garden tools company Sneeboer has an ash handle and extra long neck. It &#8\2\20;is good for deep loosening and aerating, and often does it better than a fork,&#8\2\2\1; notes the retailer; €94 from Manufactum.
Above: A long-handled Steel Hook from Dutch garden tools company Sneeboer has an ash handle and extra long neck. It “is good for deep loosening and aerating, and often does it better than a fork,” notes the retailer; €94 from Manufactum.
A Compost Crank with a stainless steel blade and recycled handle is \$49.85 from Garden Tool Co.
Above: A Compost Crank with a stainless steel blade and recycled handle is $49.85 from Garden Tool Co.
A Compost Turner from Yard Butler has folding wings to &#8\2\20;harpoon into the heart of the compost pile, opening when withdrawn.&#8\2\2\1; It is \$\19.99 on Amazon.
Above: A Compost Turner from Yard Butler has folding wings to “harpoon into the heart of the compost pile, opening when withdrawn.” It is $19.99 on Amazon.
A steel Compost Mate by Reln, nicknamed the Tumbleweed, is \$\19.98 AU (about \$\15.09 US) from Bunnings.
Above: A steel Compost Mate by Reln, nicknamed the Tumbleweed, is $19.98 AU (about $15.09 US) from Bunnings.
A Tucson, Arizona-made stainless steel Crank Twist Compost Aerator has a non-slip grip; \$\28 via Amazon.
Above: A Tucson, Arizona-made stainless steel Crank Twist Compost Aerator has a non-slip grip; $28 via Amazon.
Above: A Compost Stirrer / Aerator is £\13.95 from Harrod Horticultural.
Above: Above: A Compost Stirrer / Aerator is £13.95 from Harrod Horticultural.
A Maze Spiral Compost Aerator is \$49.95 AU (about \$30.\19 US) from Maze Products.
Above: A Maze Spiral Compost Aerator is $49.95 AU (about $30.19 US) from Maze Products.
A lightweight Compost Turner made by Orbis is \$\20.95 from Home Depot.
Above: A lightweight Compost Turner made by Orbis is $20.95 from Home Depot.
N.B.: See more tips and tools for composting:

Product summary  

Compost & Fertilizer

Compost Crank

$49.85 USD from Garden Tool Company

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