If you're looking for a way to get rich soil for your garden or plants while taking care of food waste, consider using one of these compost bin plans so you have a dedicated area to compost. Building your own compost bin is a great budget-saving alternative to buying one.
Composting is an easy process with a lot of benefits that takes green waste (fruit, vegetables, weeds, eggshells, and coffee grinds) and brown waste (leaves, sticks, cardboard, newspaper) and mixes it all together until everything decomposes to make rich soil. Be sure to learn what you should and shouldn't compost before beginning.
If you want to keep your compost out of sight, consider using one of these DIY privacy screens to do so.
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Making a compost bin out of a trash can is a great way to get a compost pile going quickly and without much of a budget. You'll need a plastic trash can with a lid and a few other materials to build it. The whole project will take you less than an hour.
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Here's a free compost bin plan that's an affordable choice for someone who wants a permanent area for compost, but isn't looking to spend very much money. This plan uses pallets to build the frame and some hardware to keep everything together. It's pretty easy to find free pallets, making this an inexpensive way to compost.
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If you're serious about composting and want to make a commitment to build something that will last, this wooden outdoor compost bin is what you'll want. A hinged lid makes it easy to add in items you want to compost but is sturdy enough to keep out any animals. Added features include hardware cloth which provides air circulation and hinged access to the bottom of the bin to get out the composted soil.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Another way to make a permanent outside compost pile is by surrounding it with straw bales. This lets you decide the size of the pile and you can easily change it as you see fit. It also provides insulation making quicker compost. As the straw breaks down it can easily be incorporated into the compost pile.
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This compost bin plan makes a compost tumbler, which makes it very easy to turn over your compost. These can be pricey if you buy one, but this tutorial shows you how to make one on the cheap with an old barrel and some sawhorses.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Here's a slightly different way to build a compost bin out of plastic storage bin. It includes directions on how to cover your drilled holes with wire mesh if you'd like to get even more air circulation inside the bin.
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The easiest, quickest, and cheapest way to start composting for a garden is using the dig and drop method. All you need to do is a dig a hole by your garden and then add your organic matter to it. Cover the hole back up and you'll enrich the soil for your garden. If you're looking for a way to use this method for a large garden, consider trench composting.