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Install Rain Barrel and Compost Tumbler

Growing up we always had rain barrels, and this growing season, I wanted to incorporate a rain barrel in my garden and added composting for a bit of sustainability. A local botanical garden offers free classes on sustainability, using native plants and rain garden.


I thought of doing a DIY rain barrel but with all the planting I was doing, a bit of help is worth it, so I bought a rain barrel and compost tumbler, got a good deal from my town.




Lots of research online later, I found the perfect downspout rain water collection system by Oatey to channel the water to my barrel. I bought 2 Oatey system so I may make that DIY rain barrel yet :-).



I started with building the stand for the barrel on a Sunday. I used concrete 12in x 12in stepping stone pavers and 4in x 8in pavers, I created a pattern and stack them, I did use pieces of slate to level the barrel. I kept the stand low so I did not need to make it permanent, I like that I can move it anytime I wish.


I dd not have enough pavers on Sunday, so I decided I would finish the stand during the week or the next weekend.

When I woke up on the Monday the weather forecast called for rain that day LOL, so that kicked me into gear to finish the stand, install the water collection system and setup the rain barrel, all before work.  Plus Home Depot opens super early which made it possible.

In the Oatey video on how to install the Mystic, the guy cut out the section of downspout in the upright position, but he had more arm strength than I did.

I was able to cut thru the front of the spout top and bottom but not the back. So I unscrew the down spout and took care of that in no time.



As I get ready for work it started to rain a little. I came home to a half filled rain barrel and the next day it rain again and I had a full barrel.

I used a small garbage bin I had bought but never used, to catch any overflow water from my barrel. I kept the lid on small bin once full to keep out mosquitoes. I cover the overflow spout on the rain barrel with some nylon stocking and a hair tie, the barrel has a mesh screen on top to keep out insects,leaves etc.




The Compost tumbler was easy setup, take it out of the box, find a spot to setup, done. Composting takes time, this is good, as this gives me time to learn more about composting

Compost Tumbler

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