Roundup: 5 DIY Backyard Composting Solutions

Roundup: 5 DIY Backyard Composting Solutions

During my growing-up years, my parents had a small garden in our backyard.  As a result, we were all in the habit of tossing our fruit and veggie scraps into an empty milk jug, and then taking that jug outside to dump the day's collection into our compost bin.  A routine spreading of the compost on our garden had terrific results!  Even in the blazing Arizona heat, we had giant tomatoes, beets, carrots, and other deliciousness gracing our garden. 


My parents have since moved, and we are planning on putting in a nice garden for my mom for mothers' day in their new backyard.  A compost bin is a necessary companion to her new garden.  A "beehive" container like the one above, (via Tilly's Nest), would be a beautiful way to disguise it!  

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This one is less eye-pleasing, but doubles the composting with a stacking system.  I'd say if you are really gung-ho about the whole thing, this would be a snazzy contraption to have.  The darker the barrels, the warmer they get, which is what you want with composting.  I'd probably rather have black than bright blue in my backyard, what about you?

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This square composter by Savvy Housekeeping serves the same spinning purpose as the above stackers, but doesn't draw so much attention to itself.  And, it was only $18.

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Here's one that might appeal to the pallet-lovers out there!  This is probably the most common DIY compost container, and it is easy to see why.  Cheap, lots of ventilation, and a decent size to boot.  The instructions for this are on The Rebuilding Center.

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Look how excited this guy is about his new compost bin!  Danny Lipford has detailed instructions on how to build this smaller and better-looking container.

Are you without a backyard?  You can compost indoors too, and easily.  Just keep a bucket under your sink and toss your scraps in with a fresh layer of newspaper.  Give the bucket a good shake every few days, and you'll keep it aerated and ready to help out your indoor plants anytime.

Happy composting!

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KCSunshine on Aug 24, 2015:

Too much moisture will cause mold.

Craig on Jun 05, 2015:

I have a rotating compost bin, I was so excited to make my own compost. After about eight weeks all I have is mold. I really don't want to put that in my garden, how do I prevent mold.

Katy on Jul 22, 2014:

They do not need to be able to spin but it is definitely a luxury. The compost bin needs to be turned with a pitch fork of sorts every couple of weeks for moisture and oxygen. 

Anonymous on May 09, 2014:

why do they need to be able to spin

Anonymous on Apr 05, 2014:

I have been able to get food grade blue barrels for storing water from the local distillery for $10 each. For composting you might prefer to not have lingering oil or something toxic in it.

Robin on Jun 23, 2013:

How do I get the directions on the double barrel compost. I would love to have my husband make this for me.

Robin on Jun 23, 2013:

How do I get directions on how to build the double barrel compost. I would love to have my husband build this for me.

Karin on Jun 23, 2013:

The barrel composter is a great idea, thank you


amy on Jun 13, 2013:

Like everyone else, I would love the double barrel directions.  Thank you so much for you time.

Linda on Jun 10, 2013:

Like to get dierection on how to build the barreal conposter. lindadalemax@yahoo.com

joy on May 11, 2013:

Where would you purchase the blue barrels?

joanie on May 02, 2013:

Thank you for sharing. I love the two barrel design. I am addicted to composting, an apple peel would never see a trash can in my home, why that is pure gold. Lol

I might take it up a notch and make a three barrel composting

Jodee on Mar 05, 2013:

Do you have the site where the directions are on how to build the barrel compost contraption?

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