With spring just around the corner and my garden right after that…
I wanted to build this awesome composter that I found on Pinterest. And while you’re there, feel free to follow me!
“You know you’re a farm girl when you get excited thinking about a composter.”
I LOVED the idea for this composter because, well, composting can be a real pain! Have you ever tried it? I mean, as if it isn’t enough work to add dirt, and kitchen scraps, then you’ve got to add water and mix it up!
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
But, I really wanted to make my own compost! Although I have a lot of animals and therefore a lot of ahem, organic material…I also have a lot of waste with kitchen scraps and yard clippings and such. With this Arizona clay, you can’t get enough organic material in your garden!
So, when I saw this spinning composter on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make it!
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Food Safe Water Barrel of some sort (We already had one of these laying around)
- 3″ ABS toilet flange (We nixed the need for this by cutting the 3″ PVC pipe long enough to stick out the end)
- 3″ PVC pipe (Cut it long enough to stick out the end.)
- 3″ PVC cap (We bought two of these and screwed holes in them to vent on both sides)
- (2) 2 x 6 x 10 pressure treated lumber (We just used whatever lumber we had lying around.)
- (2) hinges with appropriate sized bolts and nuts-don’t use the screws in the package that comes with them
- (1) window sash latch with appropriate sized bolts and nuts-don’t use the screws in the package that comes with them
- (1) galvanized pipe (We had a random pipe lying around. We have a lot of junk lying around here on the farm.)
- (8) wood screws 1 1/2″ ish
It was SUPER easy, so check out the ORIGINAL TUTORIAL on the blog Potholes & Pantyhose if your feeling a little composty!
Megan Hawthorne says
Hi! I absolutely love this sight and you have changed my life! My husband and I are readying our lives to produce our own organic foods! I can’t thank you enough! I have a few questions about the compost.
What exactly do you put in it to compost? Also what do you do with the guts and trimmings from animals that aren’t edible. Do they go in compost? Thanks so much!
This link is a great guide to begin composting: https://billyoh.com/extra/diy/composting-guide-beginners/
You can compost animal leftovers, but know that doing so can attract pests and scavengers. You need to bury them so that they don’t if you choose to compost them. Some folks feed them to chickens and pigs, so if you have them you can do that.
I hope that helps.
Best of luck with everything!
Thank you -Bobbi (DaNelle’s Assistant)
That’s great! Thanks! We’re also in AZ, so I know what you mean about the soil! 🙂 And Jennifer is from Chino Valley, we’re in Prescott Valley! More awesomeness!
That’s awesome. We are in AZ, too! Chino Valley. I understand about the whole, clay-y, devoid of all nutrient soil.