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Homemade Compost Tumbler [2010-12-21]

A homemade compost tumbler can be useful in a few situations, maybe you don't want a compost pile in your yard, maybe piles just aren't allowed in your neighborhood, or you don't have the space. There is quite a few alternatives that can be used to make compost without having to use a pile. In this article I'm going to be talking about one way to do it, a simple homemade compost tumbler.

Homemade Compost Tumbler

1. Go to the hardware store and buy a plastic trash can. You'll probably want to buy one of the heavy duty "contractor" grade trash cans. One of the inexpensive trash cans isn't likely to stand up to the wear and tear that this can is going to be put through.

2. Fill the can with plant materials. Fill your can only about 3/4 of the way to leave plenty of air space. Try to put in a variety of materials, add them in layers of greens such as grass clippings, kitchen scraps, garden cuttings and other wet green materials, then add a layer of browns such as twigs, dry leaves, straw, wood shavings and other dry brown materials.

3. Push the can over and roll it around every day. Pushing the can over and rolling it will aerate and mix the contents of the can. Doing this every day will help the bacteria break down all the materials quickly, possibly creating finished compost in as little as two weeks.

Using a trash can to make a homemade compost tumbler is sort of a stealth way of composting. There's many more ways to compost materials, they just require a little creativity.