How to Create a Small Compost Bucket


Composting is an ideal way to improve your garden and household on a budget, as well as benefiting the environment as well. You don't need a large area for a big stinky pile; create a small compost bucket on your own. You will be able to move it around freely, routinely aerate the compost and make an organic feed for your vegetables, flowers or fruits. It takes few materials and a little time and patience.

Step 1

Drill holes in the bucket's sides and bottom, as well as all over the gamma lid. They should be about 1/4 inch in diameter. Drill just enough so that water and air can circulate consistently and easily.

Step 2

Add organic materials that are high in nitrogen and carbon to the composting bucket such as coffee grounds or tea, lettuce, apple cores, potato peelings, tomato skin, torn up paper or cardboard, and fruit or vegetable scraps.

Step 3

Use your fists or a hammer to pound and secure the gamma lid onto the top of the bucket.

Step 4

Keep your composting bucket in a place where it will get lots of full sun, as heat helps speed up the composting process.

Step 5

Roll or move the bucket around each day in order to mix and aerate the composting materials.

Step 6

Water your bucket if your region doesn't get much rain, as water and moisture speed up the composting. You want your compost bucket to be kept consistently moist all the time. A trick is to pick up a handful of the materials and squeeze it; if a couple drops run out, there is enough water. If not, drip a couple cups of water down the sides of the compost bucket so all materials can get hydrated. Add a layer of dirt over the scraps to bring some needed microorganisms that will aid in the breakdown. Adding a layer of straw will help your compost from having bad odors.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 to 10 gallon bucket
  • Gamma lid
  • Hammer, if necessary
  • Composting materials
  • Water
  • Straw
  • Dirt


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