He’s our compost tumbler. Combining our attempt at living more self sufficiently and our rental home has been tricky. Our real estate agent has been awesome, “sure you can have chickens”, “bees, no worries” ( there was a slight bit of miscommunication with the bees, but that’s another story). But I didn’t want to build a great compost on the ground if it meant leaving it behind one day. So a compost tumbler was for us.
I love those days that turn into adventures. And the day I bought this blue barrel was one. Sadly I didn’t take any photos at the Geelong Resource Recovery Center and Transfer Station, but it’s fantastic, definitely the place to go for any largish odds and ends you may need. There was baths, bikes, lawn mowers, book cases, tyres. Everything you could imagine for a recycled adventure.
I grabbed my blue barrel for $10 and took it home. The back of my car was filled with so many exciting things for my friends garden as well.
The barrel sat in our backyard for a few days while we concocted a plan. We wanted a frame for it to sit on, one that we could spin the barrel easily, assisting in the decomposition process, and one that the wheel barrow could easily fit under, so that all we’d have to do was open the latch and turn the barrel, to get the compost out.
Luckily my parents were still in the midst of building their house and there were lots of off cuts and tools that were free for our picking.
Measuring the height we wanted and the width we needed to fit the wheelbarrow in, we came up with a super basic square design that absolutely does the trick.
There’s a few things that Doogle 2 will have differently. The wheels are slightly too close to the latches and so we have a little trouble turning it in the mornings.
From when information I’ve found, you need to add 1:1 green to brown, so food scraps, plant cuttings to leaves, ground covering. And it needs to always be damp, like a rung out dish cloth.
Do you have a compost bin?