Homemade Compost Buckets


Composting can be beneficial for any home gardener. This nutrient-rich material is just as good as most fertilizers and is often better for the environment as no chemicals are used. Many compost bins at gardening supply stores are larger than necessary for small gardens. In cases such as this, it makes more sense to make a compost bin out of a bucket. Not only does this save space, but it ends up costing much less.

Step 1

Drill 20 evenly spaced holes around the sides of the bucket. Use a ½-inch drill bit as it makes holes large enough to promote air flow, but not so large that the compost will fall through them.

Step 2

Fill the the bucket with the composting material and ½ lb. of worms. The worms will greatly increase the decomposition rate of the compost material.

Step 3

Put the lid on the bucket and seal it tightly.

Step 4

Keep the bucket outside in a partially shaded area. Flip the bucket on its side and rotate it at least two full turns every other day to aerate the contents.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • ½-inch drill bit
  • Composting material
  • ½ lb. worms


  • University of Missouri: Building a Compost Bin

Who Can Help

  • University of Illinois: What to Compost
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