Make Your Own Tumbler Compost Bincomments (11) April 4th, 2009 in Gallery
We started composting at our house to feed a new vegetable garden we're installing this Spring. After a few weeks with the kitchen scraps piling up in a bucket outside the back door, I got motivated and put together this tumbler compost bin.
Rather than buying one from the garden catalogs (or using the simple bury-your-scraps compost method suggested by my colleague Ruth), I made a trip to the local hardware store and crafted the above creation with off-the-shelf parts for about $40.
I bolted two buckets together using the existing holes from the rope handles. Then drilled a hole in each end for a 1/2-in. dia. steel pipe, which rests on the two sawhorses. Holes are drilled in each end for air circulation and a flap cut on top opens for adding ingredients. The duct tape is a temporary fix until I drill a few more holes for additional bolts.
After reading up on the subject (browse all articles and videos on composting), I stuffed the compost bin with a few weeks of kitchen scraps and a pile of leaves from the yard and gave it its first tumble. So far so good!
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