Composting: Tumbler Method

I have been learning more and more about gardening this last year, and finally this spring I am starting my first vegetable garden. From what I’ve read, and learned through talking to people, composting is a must for a good garden. I am doing a few different forms of composting right now. One is a real simple chicken wire method of composting leaves and yard waist. Bokashi which is a way of fermenting your kitchen waist. And a tumbler method using a 55 gallon drum, recycled. It was a boiled linseed oil drum that I got for free.

For constructing the tumbler barrel I used an electric hand saw to cut out a door in the middle of the drum. Drilled holes in the door to make a hinge using galvanized steel wire, I screwed in a piece of wood to make a stop for the inside of the door, and just used a garden string around a bolt method for a lock to the door. Next I drilled 1 5/8″ holes in the top and bottom to place a galvanized steel pipe I had through the barrel. Pipe is 1 1/2″ so barrel can rotate around the pipe. The barrel is then raised on it’s side. I used 2 cinder blocks to hold it up. Then you need to drill tons of holes all over the barrel to let air and moisture in and out. And when you add new waist to the barrel you rotate it to help it brake down into beautiful rich organic soil. You should use a compost starter to help break down the material and that’s where my Bokashi comes in. It is a way of fermenting you kitchen waist that is filled with effective enzymes. Worms love it and so does the earth!