05-10-2011, 08:04 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
The Garden Project
Thought I would update you all on the status of the garden build. My mother has been eyeing a tumbling composter at Home Depot for a while now, but couldn’t justify the $200 price tag. So for Mothers Day my brother and I decided to build her one. Luckily my Father was able to supply us with a 55 gal barrel, which cut down on costs.
The Materials were as follows
4 - 2"x4"x5' pressure treated wood
2 - 2"x4"x4' pressure treated wood
1 - 5' Metal Plumbing Pipe
2 - Plastic Couplings
1 - 55 gal barrel
After cleaning the barrel we measured for the center and drilled out two holes and attached the couplings. We tried using a large circle bit to cut the holes but that didn’t work, so we used a small bit and drilled holes in a circle.
Then we nailed 2 5' pieces together to create a place for the pipe to rest, and then repeated the process to the same measurements.
Then we attached the 4' pieces on the base about 3-4" from the bottom to add support.
Holes were drilled in the top and the bottom to allow water to flow out.
It took less than an hour to build once we had all the materials, and Mom was really excited. We spent the rest of Mothers Day in the garden helping her get the raised beds ready for planting. I'm really looking forward to enjoying all the different vegetables the garden produces!!