Spring is here and it’s a perfect time to construct a compost bin to help out you and the environment. This compost bin is a basic container - a box, round container, or some sort of container that does not come apart nor is it meant to move. It doesn’t have a bottom so you can turn the pile manually.
Benefits of composting
- Less trash.
- Make your own soil amendments.
- Improve the environment.
Examples of some activators
- Coffee grounds.
- Tea leaves.
- Manure (make sure it is sterilized in some manner.)
- Green yard waste.
- Some types of kitchen scraps (peels, cooked vegetables, spoiled fruite, etc.)
- Different types of bone meals.
- Finished compost.
Here are the steps for building your own compost from scrap wood.
2 hinges (if desired)
1. Measure the pieces of wood and scraps that you have and divide it by 4. This will give you the size of each side of your bin that you can build with your supplies. Keep in mind, you need a flat sheet of wood to make a lid. If you have wire, this can also be used for the walls, however we did not have any.
2. Our compost bin is going to be 28″ L x 28″ W x 48″ H. (Each side with 6 boards will be 168″(14′ of scrap wood). To build 4 compost walls, it wil take 672″(56′ of scrap wood)) The entire compost will take 1052″ (88′ of scrap wood). See our drawing below to see how this is calculated. You can always use less or more slats of wood for your compost, but be sure animals cannot get into it. The aroma and food scraps can lure in unwanted creatures. (wire can be used for wide slats).
Once you have the size of your compost ready to go, it’s time to begin measuring and cutting. Remember the rule, “Measure twice, cut once.” The first and second images show our 48″ corner posts assembled. The third image shows where we placed our screws.
3. We then measured our boards and cut 24 pieces at 28″ long. It doesn’t really matter what width the boards are because you can make any pattern or design you like. Ours are different widths.
4. Once you have your boards cut, now it’s time to lay out two corner posts (we did this on the ground) and create a pattern with your slats.
Do this to 2 sides, because you will then have to attached those two sides to the same corner post to make your bin come to life.
5. Once you are done attaching all 4 sides and creating your bin, we need to attach a lid. You can simply lay a piece of plywood on the top or you can attach it with hinges as we did. We just used old door hinges we had.
Once you make your decision on lid style you are ready to start composting! Here is our final bin.