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Build Your Own Compost Bin

DominicBertolamiMay 20, 2015, 4:37:05 AM
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Organic gardeners across the board understand the varied aspects of healthy soil. The most important aspect is compost which improves the fertility of the soil. This article will teach you how to build the most efficient, minimalist, and aesthetically pleasing three bin composting system. This "hands on approach" is made from a rot-resistant cedar, is designed for maximum air flow, and also has a removable plank system. Possibly greatest of all, this system can be assembled in merely a few hours!

 

What you need:

  • Saw

 

  • Drill

 

  • Measuring tape

 

  • 2 boxes of wood screws (2" and 2 1/2")

 

  • Mallet or sledgehammer

 

  • 4' x 4' metal fence posts with screw holes

 

  • Staple gun and staples

 

  • 36' x 3' wire netting (chicken wire or a stronger material with similar-size openings)

 

Wood:

  • Dimensions                   Quantity

 

  • 1" x 6" x 12'                         7

 

  • 1" x 6" x 10'                         9           

 

  • 1" x 2" x 10'                         2

 

  • 2" x 6" x 10'                         2           

 

  • 2" x 6" x 12'                         2           
  • 2" x 4" x 12'                         2

 

 

Cut list for wood:

 

  • Removable planks: Cut 4 of the 1 x 6 x 12s into 12 pieces, 3'7 1/2" each

 

  • Uprights (for end and middle panels): Cut the 2 x 4 x 12s into 8 pieces, 2'10 1/2" each

 

  • Side slats: Cut the 1 x 6 x 10s into 18 pieces, 4'6" each

 

  • Front and back supports: Cut the 2 x 6 x 12s into 8 pieces, 2'10 1⁄2" each

 

  • Bottom pieces: Cut the 2 x 6 x 10s into 4 pieces, 4'9" each

 

  • Plank supports: Cut the 1 x 2 x 10s into 6 pieces, 2'10 1/2" each

 

  • Back slats: Use the 3 remaining uncut 1 x 6 x 12s

 

 

How to work the three-bin system:

Fill bin #1, then turn the contents from the full to the empty bin (#2) every few days (the more often, the faster the decomposition). Begin filling the other empty bin (#3) with fresh materials. When bin #3 is full, bin #2 is “finished,” and you have an empty bin (#1) to start the process over.