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Bucket in a Hole

Additional comments about Bucket in a Hole method:
  • The container may be any size with a lid.

  • The soil will insulate the bucket contents from ambient air temperature variations.

  • Maintain a moisture level in the organic materials that it is similar to the moisture content of freshly brewed coffee grounds, saturated but not dripping.

  • When the bucket is 3/4 full, stop adding organic materials and allow contents to finish decomposing.

  • When the compost is finished, pull up the bucket and shake the contents into the hole or to another area in your garden. Then, restart the process.

  • Composting worms may be added to this system.


Please see Desert Composting Recommendations​.

If you have questions, see Ask A Master.

Also see Demonstration in Your Backyard.

To see other styles of homemade compost bins see Homemade Compost Bins for the Desert.

Instructions by John Zarola, photos by Mike Stoy.

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