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Easy Compost Bins

For our gardens, one of the most effective soil treatments is compost. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s a great way to upcycle some of the stuff you throw away. Composting with a compost bin is one of the easiest gardening jobs and, when you build it the right way, it can transform your gardening experience.

Location

Select a level location, away from direct sunlight and drainage. For convenience, keep the bin location close to where the compost will be used, – like the garden – at the same time, consider making it a convenient spot to travel to with kitchen debris.

Size

This blog from Better Homes and Gardens gives a great primer on the sizes and types of compost bins you can keep. The ideal size for a compost bin is generally 3 feet high and 3 feet wide. However, if you generate a large amount of biodegradable kitchen waste, you will need to build additional bins.

Making it

From the several different types of compost bins you can build, consider the three common and easy to build types :

Wire-framed:

The wire-framed compost bin is considered one of the easiest compost bins you can build. With a couple of simple tools and some inexpensive wire fencing, you’ll have a compost bin in less than an hour. For instructions on how to do this, follow About.com About.com’s Organic Gardening’s instructions summarized below.

    • For a 3 ft diameter bin, measure out around 10 ft of wire fencing.
    • Form the length into a circle.
    • Fasten the ends of the fencing together. Use zip ties, wire, or twine for additional support.
    • Start collecting compost.
    • PRO TIP: Between cycles, use WD-40® Multi-Use Product on the fencing to help clean it, prevent rusting, and increase its durability.

 

Slatted:

Slatted compost bins made out of wood are a nice way to hide yard clippings and kitchen leftovers without having it stick out on your lawn. An easy hack is to use old wooden pallets.

    • Join the pallets at the right angles to make a boundary of three sides.
    • Cut out a smaller section of a pallet to make the side which will give you access to the bin.
    • Start composting

 

Tiered:

A tiered compost bin is built similar to the slatted version, but the bins share a common wall, this makes it easier to turn the heap.

 

 

PRO Tip: Before building your compost bin, coat nails with WD-40® Multi-Use Product to protect them from rusting.

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