Double Compost Barrels And Spinner Rack

SUPPLIES LIST:

2-20 gallon barrels
2-5/8″IDx1/2″ wall R3.2 25/50 fm (092362)
1 3/4 inch hole saw bit
1/8 inch drill bit
2- 3″ 7.6cm hinges
Power drill 2 drawer catches
2- 5/16×1 3/8×2 1/2 inch u-shaped screws with bolts
2- 10x32x2 inch screws with bolts
2-7/8″ 10d sinker
4- 1 1/4 inch PVC spacer/coupler
1- 1 inch x 5ft PVC pipe
2- 2x6x8 top choice boards
1/2 gallon rust oleum paint (optional) exterior weather resistant
Scissors
Tape measure
Philip screw driver
Hand saw or skill saw

DOUBLE COMPOST BARRELS:

Using a hand saw or (saw of your choice) cut your barrels 3 inches from the top, this creates a lid for fill/empty access. Then cut your 5/8×1/2 inch wall 46 3/4 inches. Attach the wall strip to the barrel (make sure to position it correctly because once the adhesive connects it is impossible to re adjust it. Now attach the 3″ hinge right on top of the wall, drill your holes right through it. Attach the lid to the barrel, attach the drawer catch to the front of the lid play around with the bottom piece of the catch and adjust it so when hooked and snapped it pulls the lid tight to assure no spillage when spinning. Now you are ready to drill the holes for the 1 inch x 5ft PVC pipe. Using a 1 3/4 inch hole saw drill bit, drill your holes right in the center between the top and bottom of your barrel. This is for even spin when the tumbler is full of compost. If the holes are to close to the top, instead of spinning the barrel will just rock to and fro.
Now, unless you barrel is already dark, the next step is painting it a dark color. Dark colors draws heat and helps your compost material cook and break down quicker. All done with the com poster, now on to the spinner stand.
Cut your 2x6x8 inch boards in half 4ft each. Using your 1 3/4 inch hole saw bit, drill holes through 3 pieces of your 4 ft boards. ( save the 4th 4ft board for another project)
When you drill the holes be sure to leave plenty of room at the bottom for spinning. Cut your 2- 2x4x8 inch boards 47 3/4 inches, cut the 2 left over pieces 3 ft. These two 3 ft pieces will be your stabilizer legs. I have step by step building pictures that follow, it is easier to follow the pictures, this is a very easy project.

I got my barrels at the car detailing shop by my house, they were free. They use to contain armor all car wash solution. I had to take steps to make them food safe. First I rinsed them thoroughly with hot water until it ran clear. Next I filled them with hot water added 1/2 cup in each and let them soak for 48 hours. After this I rinsed again with hot water, and wash really good with a mild dish liquid. Again rinse thoroughly until water runs clear. Now fill this time using warm water and white distilled vinegar, let it sit over night. If the vinegar water solution is still clear by morning, the containers are food safe. But, if the water solution has a light brown color( like the color of really weak tea) their are still some wash solution and you should do the cleansing process again. Fortunately for me these washed out nicely and passed the food safe test.

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How To: Herb Shelf

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I recently told everyone that I would keep you posted on the building of my three tier herb rack. Well, it’s finished and it turned out really good. I have pictures following. It was very easy, I used wood left over from my chicken coop. All wood material used was purchased at Lowe’s. I used three Mainstay under the window flower planters I bought at Wal-Mart. I even painted it the same barn red as the chicken coop so everything is color coordinated.

Step 1: I had no plan or measurements, but I knew that the shelf had to resemble actual steps,
It easy if you cut both pieces together to assure they are they same measurements.

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Step 2: Use 2×4 board cut to 47 inches each piece, these will be your back legs

Step 3: Nail the 2×4 to the top of your steps

Step 4: Now nail 1 of your 18 inch 2×4 boards in between the top part of your shelf, and the other
18 inch 2×4 board in between the bottom of your shelf. These will hold it steady, and keep your planter containers from falling over.

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That’s it guys, you have your herb shelf. All that’s left is to paint it, or not. The natural wood is fine also. But if you decide to paint, make sure to use an outdoor paint. Rustoleum is a very good
Brand for this project, one coat and weather resistant. 4 easy steps to having herbs all throughout
The winter. You can even bring your planters indoors when the weather is really rough.

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Tagline

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    I have a very busy day and lifestyle, yet I find time quite often for a pleasure that truly defines me . That pleasure is writing poetry, God graciously gave me the ability to bring forth words from my heart, and make them rhyme and flow. I have been writing poetry since I was 12 years old, and have quite a collection. I remember writing my first poem and reading it to my Grandma, and she said “child you have the gift”. She is long gone from my life,but her words have been encouragement throughout my life. This poem I share with you was written by me and dedicated to my Grandma Annie. It’s called “When My Granny Speaks”

    My Granny use to tell me,
    About life of a different kind.
    I really didn’t know it,
    But her words stayed in my mind.

    Then today in church the Pastor,
    Spoke words that are so true.
    A voice inside my head said”Reks”,
    Your Granny’s speaking to you.

    She use to say “child tell your secrets,
    Tell them all if you please.”
    But your troubles and tribulations,
    Speak them only on your knees.

    Those you take to your Father in Heaven,
    Speak to him, he can hear.
    He’ll always be there for you,
    With a very compassionate ear.

    My Granny’s words have gone round and round,
    In my head for a couple of weeks.
    Now I’m quiet and waiting patiently,
    For “When My Granny Speaks”.
    By: Henrietta Reks Taylor
    Creative Living1

    So, yes my Tagline would be poets, for the flow of inspirational words. For the comfort these words can bring to one who is down, depressed, or just having a nostalgic day. May my poem bring all who read it joy and give you a more in depth view of me. God Bless!!