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Cheap DIY Compost Tumbler

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.
Supplies Needed:
One 15 Gallon trash can with lid (black)
2 bungees
A drill and 5/16 bit
Punch air holes on the bottom of the trash cans and in the sides of the can every eighteen inches or so.
Fill the can with the 1:2 ratio of browns to greens (about 3/4 full), adding water after each layer.
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

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on May 11, 2014

    Awesome! Thank you for the great instructions!

  • Laurel
    Laurel Kingsburg, CA
    on May 12, 2014

    Great idea but I would need about 50 trash cans for all my compost... lol.

  • Dana Corby
    Dana Corby Anderson Island, WA
    on May 12, 2014

    I did this a few years go, and while it worked well for one summer, it was completely trashed (pardon the pun) by autumn.

  • Patricia Bell White-Harrison
    Patricia Bell White-Harrison Four Oaks, NC
    on May 12, 2014

    good way to get a work out too!!

    • The Prudent Garden
      The Prudent Garden Powder Springs, GA
      on May 13, 2014

      @Patricia Bell White-Harrison We make our boys roll the bin around! They have way more energy!

  • Phyllis
    Phyllis Kalispell, MT
    on May 12, 2014

    This is one project I can do for composting.

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