Early this spring I decided to build my own compost bins for the benefit of my expanding garden. It’s so easy that anyone can do it. You can get the materials at any home improvement store.
Materials to build your own compost bin:
- (1) 30-gallon plastic garbage can with lid
- (1) 18″ x 18″ concrete square
- (2) disposable aluminum drip trays – you can find these in the section of the store where they supply grilling accessories
- (4) bricks
- Power drill (use a fairly large drill bit)
Begin your construction by drilling holes throughout the trash can. I’m one who likes pattern, so the holes I drilled are all nicely lined up. You feel free to go at it like a maniac. Not everyone has compulsive tendencies like me. Don’t forget to drill holes in the lid and in the bottom of the can. If you’re wondering about how many how holes to drill – the more the better. Compost needs the air to circulate around it.
After you’ve completed drilling, set up the area where you’ll house your bin. I leveled some ground and set my concrete square in place. I then placed four bricks around the aluminum drip pan (I doubled them – you may have something that would work better). After you water your compost, which you’ll want to do regularly (not too soggy though), the pan will catch compost tea which you can feed your plants. Don’t forget that after you water, you’ll need to roll your bin. I just push mine around the yard a few times.
Once you have your bin and tray set-up, you’re ready to add compost.
What can you add to your bin? Lots of stuff! There is a great list of things you can compost here.
By composting, instead of using chemical fertilizers, you’ll ensure that your home eco-system stays healthy, and you’ll be making the planet a greener and safer place.