Compost bins are one of the best ways to keep your plants and garden healthy. In fact, it is also one of the easiest, most environmentally friendly ways to accomplish a thriving garden and is a great way to recycle the waste from your house into something useful.
Building a compost bin is an incredibly easy DIY task. First, clear the ground where you intend to place your compost bin. Make sure it is a wide open area and that the ground is level. If it isn’t, using a spade or a rake, level the ground.
Photo of a compost bin with a door at the bottom an English garden. It is made of black plastic. These sort of compost bins were made availale by Coventry City Council, Coventry, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Second, start building the physical structure of the compost bin. Start from the back section of your bin. There are a number of things you can use to accomplish this, the easiest way is to just use a pallet. Pallets are strong and sturdy, offering both good support and strong reinforcement. Lie the pallet down across its longest edge and secure it in place by pushing a stake or rod through either end. Secure these rods firmly into the ground using a sledge hammer or a similar tool, making sure they are at least 30 cm in the ground.
Once you have the back section firmly in place, add in the side panels. Again, stack two pallets perpendicularly to the first making sure that the corners are tightly held in place with minimal to no gap between them. This will prevent compost from spilling out between the gaps. Secure the pallets in place using the same rods or stakes as earlier, wedging it firmly into the ground.
Once all the panels are in place, wire them together at each touching corner and trim off any exposed parts of the stakes used to secure the pallets. For the last panel, wire the pallet onto one of the side pallets so that it can easily open and close to serve as a gate. Then, begin to fill the bin with any waste produced from your kitchen or garden. Adds weeds to your bin as well, and keep it covered so that the decomposition can begin.