DIY Composter

Let’s talk trash for a minute. 🙂 Most of us who garden either make compost or buy it in bags or yards. Compost helps to improve soil structure, increases nutrient content, requires less water, and can assist in warding off plant disease.

I do enjoy putting leaves and kitchen scraps together and winding up with a nice fluffy compost to add to my garden beds when I’m planting. In a previous post, I said we were going to make a composter that would turn to replace our stationary one.

We brought an old rain barrel out of the barn that had been used for five or six years. My husband made a trip to the box store to get some pressure treated wood. If we’re going to go to all the trouble of making something that is easy to turn and empty, I didn’t want to have to paint it. We spent about $32 on a piece of pipe for the center, fittings, and the pressure treated wood.

We left the rain barrel as is. There is a strainer in the top which allows water and air to enter, and we left the faucet on because it could provide a service down the road if I needed to drain off a large amount of water. My husband added additional air holes on the sides and two holes in the bottom for natural drainage.

After looking at the photo, if you are wondering why it is so high off the ground, there was a conscious decision made to elevate it. We can now align a wheelbarrow right underneath it when it is time to empty it. If it is situated closer to the ground, it has to be emptied on a tarp, pulled out, shoveled from the ground to a wheelbarrow or cart, moved, and shoveled again.

It may look odd, but I sure like how it is going to work.

We’ve had rain and more rain with the western part of the state actually receiving 3″ of snow yesterday. But, this week is drying up and heating up. Both good things for a change. Hope your weather is allowing you to enjoy time outside. 🙂

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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32 Responses to DIY Composter

  1. Love the urban engineering!

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  2. You are clever. This should do the job nicely.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Looks like you guys did a great job. I like the idea of putting it high enough to easily use. I hope it works well for you.

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  4. germac4 says:

    Now that is one good composter. We have one (from the hardware store) that looks a bit like that, but, over time the metal frame has become wobbly from the weight of the compost, and …just as you said, it is too close to the ground and really hard to get the compost out. Your husband could bring his good strong wooden frame to Australia, and make a fortune!

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    Now that’s a composter and a half!! Good old American ingenuity is alive and well. And when you’ve had all you can stand from our politicians, I bet it could fly you to the moon!! 😂

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Pretty darned clever!

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  7. joey says:

    That is EXCELLENT, especially elevated for wheelbarrow use. Very clever!

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  8. Nadezda says:

    Interesting decision, Judy. Your husband is talented ‘man with hands’ did such comfortable composter. Will you need to declinar it to empty? Is it easy to move to take the compost?

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  9. pbmgarden says:

    Clever idea. Especially smart to consider a way to make the compost easier to reach.

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  10. joyroses13 says:

    Now that is creative! Great idea!

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  11. Cool. I bet some DIY site would love to have your plans! We have SO much compost on the floor of the woods, it seems pointless to make more. Take the wheel barrow (NOTE: Buy new wheelbarrow, old one has two flats), go to woods. Dig up compost. Apply.

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  12. So clever ! I already messed up my elbow from shoveling compost up into a wheelbarrow OVER and OVER again this spring. Super idea. . . Thanks!

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  13. It looks great! I hope it works as well too.

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  14. Rose says:

    What is it they say? Necessity is the mother of invention?

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  15. Oddment says:

    Murphy’s Law speaks for me! That composter is a thing of beauty, and, I’ll bet, a joy forever!

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  16. Excellent, Judy! very clever work and now the making and brewing of delicious compost!

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  17. KerryCan says:

    That is very slick! We are re-thinking our composting practices and a little underwhelmed by the options available to us. I’m not sure we have the skills, though, to make one like yours!

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  18. Brenda says:

    Brilliant! Enjoy this sunny weather!

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  19. Annie says:

    You’re my kind of people! Love this. You can turn it around to mix and the spout will provide nice “compost tea.”

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  20. Debra says:

    What a nice composter- even looks pretty. Our compost pile is literally a pile of cow manure with hay mixed in with it! The farmer next door just loves us- he will spread it over his fields before the planting season.

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  21. reocochran says:

    Great thinking, Judy and husband. This is an attractive and functional composter!

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  22. Ogee says:

    Green with envy…as someone in charge of turning and lifting the compost pile! So smart. 🙂

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  23. Our weather has suddenly turned much warmer. My compost piles are low tech in the extreme.

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  24. Awesome idea! Now to see if my husband could do something like this is another thing…. 🙂

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  25. I was reading a Buddhist themed book the other day….the idea of “interbeing” and looking at things closely…and I grasped it easily as the example was about gardening. If you look at garbage, you can see a rose. If you look at a rose you can see the garbage 🙂 Everything changes but everything is entwined and connected. If I look at my coffee grounds or eggshells I can see a tomato in them 🙂

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  26. Joyce says:

    Your post reminded me of “mushrooming” in the woods with mother and grandma – both of them stopping to exclaim on the “beautiful, deep, richly composted soil” – and 8 year old me thinking, “huh? it’s dirt! that’s what they’re excited about?” 🙂

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