Building a back porch compost tumbler

A back porch compost tumbler provides you with convenience and easy to use. This low-cost and small rotating composer can be put together in an hour. You can use this compost in outside of houseplant as a natural soil conditioner.

Basically, composting is a nice diy to practice specially if you have the utilities to begin with. Instead of throwing away unused kitchen scraps, they can be used to be turned into absolutely fertilizer for your garden. Here are the methods on how to install your own back porch compost tumbler.

Things that you need:

  1. Tape measure
  2. Marker
  3. 18 inch pole
  4. 12 inch plant brackets
  5. 5 gallon bucket with lid
  6. knife, hammer
  7. 3 inch long of large headed nails
  8. Caulk
  9. Pencil
  10. screwdriver or drill


  1. Clean the bucket and lid with hot water and soap and leave it to dry.
  2. Then, you can measure from the bottom of the bucket up and mark the 10 inch spot. Measure up 10 inches directly from the previous mark and make another mark. This is the place where you are going to place the pole.
  3. Place the bucket on its side.
  4. Place the pole to the mark that you made and trace around the diameter. Puncture the circle with a sharp knife and cut around the edges.
  5. Stick the pole into the hole until it touches the inside of the bucket on the opposite side. Make sure it lines up with the mark on the outside.
  6. Trace the diameter and cut out the circle. Push the pole all the way through.
  7. Turn the bucket and punch nails into the compost tumbler.
  8. You can make the holes randomly or in three vertical lines all below the pole with space of 3 inches apart. Caulk around the nails to prevent leaks.
  9. Decide the height and the place where you want to install the tumbler compost bin on your porch. Locate the wall stud by tapping or use a stud finder.
  10. Measure from the floor to the height you choose for its placement. Mark the spot on the stud.
  11. Measure over 16 inches and make a light mark. Measure up from the floor at this stud and mark the same height.
  12. Attach the 12 inch plant brackets according to their instructions with a drill. Place the pole on the ends of the brackets. Swing it around to tumble it.

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