How to Make a Compost Bin Quickly and Easily

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As we’ve become more aware of environmental issues, compost bins have become a more common sight in people’s gardens. Compost reduces the number of chemicals you need to use in your garden and is an efficient way to manage waste. Read on to discover how to make a compost bin.

Why Everyone Should Have a Compost Bin in Their Garden

There are several reasons why compost bins are essential, but here are some of the most important:

  • Compost bins reduce the amount of waste that is dumped in landfills. It is believed that almost one-quarter of all the waste in landfills could be used for compost.
  • They improve air quality. If you live in one of our more polluted cities, then you’ll understand why this is so important. Burning off garden waste in drums or tins often means releasing more toxins and chemicals into the air.
  • A bin creates soil rich in nutrients. When mixed with gardening soil, compost increases the number of nutrients that your plants are getting and growing from.
  • Compost reduces greenhouse emissions. As we mentioned before, composting means less waste in our landfills. Landfills are the biggest producers of methane gases. Less landfill waste means less toxic gases in our environment.
  • Compost bins reduce soil erosion. In recent years, we’ve learned that our soil is not as nutrient rich as it used to be. This means that the ground that is running off into our water sources is contaminated.
  • Soil mixed with compost is better for birds, insects, fungus, and other forms of life that depend on soil. This includes humans.

How to Make a Compost Bin: Step by Step

How To Make A Compost bin

Here are some straightforward instructions for making your compost bin.

Decide Where You Want to Put Your Compost Bin

How To Make A Compost bin

When choosing a location for your compost bin, you want to put it as close as you can to where you’ll be using it, while keeping in mind the odors that a compost bin can produce. Depending on your preference, you may want to put the bin where you can see it, to remind yourself and other family members to use it. If you don’t think that will be an issue, then you may want to place it where it won’t disturb the view of your garden.

Decide on the Dimensions of Your Compost Bin

Better Homes and Gardens state that the best size for a compost bin is 3 ft X 3ft X 3ft, however, this may also depend on the size of your garden. If you find that one compost bin isn’t enough for your garden, you can always add another or as many as you need. You may need to track how much waste you produce as a family to be able to decide how many compost bins to make.

Make the Frame for Your Compost Bin

  • Wire Mesh – Dig four holes, in the shape of a square. The holes should be 2 feet deep. Place your four 6 feet tall posts in the holes, and secure with either tightly-packed soil or concrete. Attach chicken wire around three sides of your square, securing with wire staples.

Cut a piece of chicken wire large enough to make a gate and attach one side to the post. Attach a row of four staples to the other post but don’t push the staples all the way into the post.  The gate can be closed with a metal rod, or dowel being pushed through the staples to hold it shut.

  • Wooden Slats – Arrange the four posts in the same way as above. Using rot-resistant wooden slats, placed horizontally, fill in three sides to your square. Make sure you leave the ½ inch or more gap between each slat as you want the air to circulate quickly.

How To Make A Compost bin

Attach two more posts to the inside of the square: one on each side of the open edge, making sure to leave a 2-inch gap between it and the posts on the very edge. This creates a channel for the gate pieces to slide into. When you cut the gate pieces, make sure to cut them the ½ inch shorter than the other sides.

Other Things to Consider When Deciding How to Make a Compost Bin

Consider adding a massive plywood floor to your compost bin. This will make it easier to collect the compost when you need to use it.

You can add another three sides to the wooden slatted style compost bin. This gives you a tiered version if you want to separate or turn your compost.

If your budget allows, you can add roof panels to your compost bin so that the compost won’t get soaked or dry out too quickly.

Whichever style of compost bin that you decide to make you can rest assured that you’ve chosen the better option, both for your garden and the environment. Follow these guidelines on how to make a compost bin for your vegetation or flowers.

Jonathan E. Bass
 

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently a gardener. I have a small garden behind my house. I love it.

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