I love going to garden shows! They are a wonderful place to gather ideas for future yard and garden projects.
At one show they were featuring a revolving drum composter.
The price? $200 for two plastic bins screwed together and mounted on a metal base to spin it.
I was sure with a little ingenuity we could come up with our own (much cheaper) version.
A quick internet search produced several plans… one of which wouldn’t cost us a cent to make because we already had everything we needed in the garage.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Garbage Can Compost Bin:
- Plastic garbage can (We used one originally purchased to make a rain barrel but it had sprung a leak and no longer held water.)
- 2 1/8″ hole bit
- 1/4″ drill bit
- Window screening
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Bungee cord
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Step 1: Drill ventilation holes all the way around using a 2 1/8″ hole bit in the drill.
Step 2: Use a ¼” bit to drill drainage holes in the bottom of the garbage can.
Step 3: Cut 4″ squares of window screening. Apply hot glue all the way around the hole on the inside of the can. Press the window screen in place. Note: the glue will come through the screening so be sure to wear gloves for this step.
The bungee cord will hold the top on securely.
And there you have it… a rotating compost bin in three easy steps.
Rather than building a stand for it to rotate on, we simply roll it around the yard every few days to stir up the contents.
To get it started, I added a bit of top soil and some leaves and dried grass from when we raked the backyard.
Vegetable peelings were added next…
And coffee grounds to get it really cooking.
In a few weeks, we had our first batch of rich compost to add to the gardens.
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