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Cheap DIY Compost Tumbler

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We created our Compost Tumblers for about less than $20 per bin. It's an easy DIY project that can be completed in about half an hour. All the supplies need can be easily purchased at your local big box retailer or home improvement store.
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Supplies Needed:
One 15 Gallon trash can with lid (black)
2 bungees
A drill and 5/16 bit
  • cheap diy compost tumbler, composting, gardening, go green
Punch air holes on the bottom of the trash cans and in the sides of the can every eighteen inches or so.
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Fill the can with the 1:2 ratio of browns to greens (about 3/4 full), adding water after each layer.
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Put the lid on and bungee it to the handles.
Once a week or so, lay the can on it's side and roll it across the yard to stir up the composting material inside.
After about a month, open the can to check progress and add water if needed. The compost should be finished in about 4-6 weeks.

To see more: http://theprudentgarden.blogspot.com/2014/04/cheap-diy-compost-tumbler.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Vicki
    Vicki Smyrna, GA

    awesome good idea. will add dirt from plant containers, leaves from next door on my yard, tear pieces of junk mails, tear pieces of black and white newspapers, clean egg shells, used coffee grounds, dead flower plants. will not add grass clippings

  • Sonia Esther Licera

    Añadir a este post ...Buenísmo esta idea. Voy a ponerla en práctica. Gracias!

  • Colleen
    Colleen Canada

    This is a great idea. Would much rather roll the bins than hand turn my compost. We currently have wood bins we built that are fairly open to allow for air flow, but our dog can access the compost 'buffet' much too easily, and does so, regularly!

  • Angela A
    Angela A Lula, GA

    My "sweetie" works in a metal shop and I've been trying to get him to make me a composter out of a 55 gallon drum (plastic) that has a handle I can turn (on a stand). well....I'm still waiting, lol (but that's because they've been very busy)....until

  • Debby Purse
    Debby Purse Australia

    Good idea

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