How to Build Compost Bins

 


DIY Nutrient Rich Goodness For Your Garden

Building your own compost bin is easy, convenient, and inexpensive. It will help to make your compost cleaner and faster than most simple piles of garden waste. You can make one or more compost bins as you need and if you like you can create your own compost bin for your apartment if having a backyard is not really an option.

Getting your composting solution sorted at home helps the environment by recycling unused stuffs and producing nutritious homemade compost for not only your plants but your soil (by adding microscopic organisms which helps air out the soil).

You Will Need:

  • Plastic pail or bin with tight fitting lid
  • Drill
  • Newspapers or dry leaves
  • Dirt
  • Food scraps
  • A stick or wooden handle
  • Lukewarm water

Steps to Building the Bin:

  1. First, purchase or recycle a plastic pail or bin with a tight fitting lid, which is about 60cm tall or taller. The pail’s lid will protect your compost from any critters and pests and to keep the soil moist.
  2. Then, use drill to drill 8 to 10 small holes in the bottom of your container. The holes will act as an aeration function.
  3. You can also drill a few holes on the sides or the walls of the bin if needed. Throw in some shredded newspapers or dry leaves on the bottom of your compost bin until about 1/8 to ¼ full.
  4. Fill the pail with the soil from your garden on top of the newspaper until your compost is half full.
  5. Next, put your compost bin in a shady area or place without direct sunlight such as the backyard.
  6. If you don’t have a backyard or you are living in apartment, place your compost bin on the patio.
  7. Make sure that your compost is not receiving direct sunlight as this will make your compost dry out.
  8. Put any food scraps or paper products into the compost bin such as vegetables, paper towels, fruit, crushed egg shells, onion skins and coffee grounds.  Use a stick or wooden handle to stir the compost a bit to make sure that your food scraps will be covered by the dirt.
  9. Spray the mixture with lukewarm water until the surface is moist, but not too wet.
  10. Use the drill again to drill 8 to 10 small holes on the bin lid then place it back again on the compost bin. You can add food scraps on every other day to the bin, giving it a stir afterward. By mixing the compost, the scraps breakdown process is quicker.

There are varied uses of compost which include but are not limited to: mulch to cover flower beds, lawn conditioner and as potting soil.

Always Remember

To use your compost, wait about 2 to 3 months and remember you should save at least 1/3 of your original compost to start the compost process again.

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