Step 2: Place the Lid

attaching the compost bag to the lid of a rain barrel
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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Drill a -inch hole in the barrel's lid, and thread the irrigation tubing up through it. Fill a nylon-mesh bag or cheesecloth with about 7 pounds of aged compost. Pull the top of the sack through the lid's center hole, and hang it from a dowel so that the sack is suspended in the center of the barrel. Place the lid over the barrel.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill (or drill/driver)
    • 3/8-inch spade bit
      -inch spade bit
    • 3/16-inch drill bit
      3/16 drill bit
    • pump sprayer
      Pump sprayer (for applying the compost tea)

    Shopping List

    1. -inch irrigation tubing
    (approximately 10 feet)

    2. 55-gallon rain barrel

    3. Nylon mesh bag or cheeseclothTea ingredients:

    4. Aged compost

    5. Molasses

    6. Liquid kelp Available through Neptune's Harvest

    7. Fish hydrolysate Available through Neptune's Harvest