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Composting in Canada is SO Frustrating!

by Daniel
(Ontario, Canada)

The most frustrating thing about trying to do any composting in Ontario, Canada is the lack of affordable composting devices. For instance, you can get a 7-cubic foot Good Ideas composting unit landed here, but it’ll cost more than $170.00! And the best unit available from Lee Valley in Burlington, Ontario is around $179.00. This makes composting an incredibly expensive adventure — or a depressingly messy task if one has to begin by constructing a unit from scratch.

Just wanted to express my frustrations to a fellow Canadian.

Below are the units I am referring to:

compost tumbler

Good Ideas – Compost Wizard Jr.

compost roller

Lee Valley – Rolling Composter

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Jan 23, 2012
I Feel Your Pain
by: Compost Junkie Dave

Hey Daniel,

I have four words for you…


Composting in Canada can be a little challenging at times. Regarding your frustrations with the shipping costs of sending products from the US to Canada, yeah, those are a real pain in the ass too.

Here’s what I can do for you. Come summer time, I will be purchasing and reviewing several compost tumblers. After I am done with the first one, you can stop by and take it off my hands. Sound good?

Or stay tuned for a couple upcoming videos on how to built your own composting unit on a shoe-string budget. Alas, I must wait until the snow clears before diving into these projects.

Feeling your pain.


PS – I have to assume you’re already composting with worms, yes? I ask because I find my worms to be a composting life-saver in the winter months in Canada. They help me retain my sanity when I can’t get outdoors to garden.

Feb 06, 2012
Canadian Rotary Compost Candidate
by: Daniel

Looking through the Veseys Seeds 2012 Edition catalogue and spotted a unit called the Roto Twin Composter for $112.00. It’s a small unit, but large enough for my needs. What makes it attractive is the two-chamber design. This give small-scale, square-foot gardeners like me a chance to get early delivery on usable compost while having another batch in the oven (so to speak).

This might be a good candidate for a test run!

Feb 07, 2012
A Compost Tumbler for Canadians, EH?
by: Compost Junkie Dave

That’s exciting!

I tried to find the tumbler on their site but didn’t have any luck. Who makes it?

The dual chamber design definitely makes for more efficient composting, assuming the chambers are large enough to handle a decent amount of materials.

Please follow-up with your results and experiences. By the way, I love the title of your post.

Apr 30, 2013
Any luck?
by: Gen

Hello! way late on this post but new to Ontario, new to gardening and I cannot for the life of me find a tumbling composter!! Have you had any luck??

May 27, 2013
compost tumbler
by: JCN

I purchased my compost tumbler from Home Hardware in Gimli Mb. Had to put it together it works better than square one as each time I walk past it I roll it a couple of times, during summer it doesn’t take long. Cost was around $90.00. Only problem it freezes in the winter. When I left Gimli it was frozen so will have to drive back out there, dump it and till it in. Thank you JCN

Jun 12, 2015
by: Anonymous

It is a cost effective method.

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