Monday, May 16, 2011

DIY Compost Bin

And now the moment you've all been waiting for...

...because I'm sure you all have been thinking through the long, cold winter about making your very own compost bin, just like I have.

And now the weather is perfect, so here's your chance.

I found these instructions and these to be very helpful.

Find a big plastic storage bin with a lid. Mine was a little dusty, so I cleaned it up a little. You know so it would be clean for all the composting.

Drill holes in the bottom, sides, and lid. You want air circulation. So they say.

Put some shredded newspaper on the bottom of the compost bin and then add some dirt from your garden until your bin is 1/3 to 1/2 full.

Now put the lid on and find a nice spot (shady, so your compost doesn't dry out) for your compost bin.

Don't compost things like meat, dairy, oils, lime and colored paper. Here's a nice list of things to avoid composting.

Great project. And even I finished it in one day. Okay, well one 24 hour period.


  1. lol you cleaned your compost bin... I just don't know what to say about that.

  2. How did you know I've been dreaming of composting all winter? Oh yeah, you're my daughter. What a great idea. All of my past attempts have failed miserably. Uncle Mike says it is because I don't have the critical mass necessary. No doubt. Maybe this idea is for me. I was going to get some worms a few months ago, but the place didn't have any for sale. Now I guess I'll have to wait. Thanks for the tip though.