Make Your Own Compost Bin

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My kitchen lacks a garbage disposal. My roommates and I have been amiss about what to do with our kitchen scraps. Throw them in the trash? Stinky kitchen. Let them slip down the drain? Clogged sink. Throw them out the back door into the backyard? No way.

What we need is a composter–but what we need to decide is if we’re going to build our own compost bin or buy a premade one.

A composter is an superb way to get rid of your kitchen scraps. Photo By amber in norfolk/Courtesy Flickr.

Ideally, we would make a bin because it would push us to actually use it, and it will be more visually appealing than a compost pile, which might be somewhat of an eyesore for our neighbors.

If we made a compost bin we could use most any material in our shed to trap in heat and moisture. Recycling old wood would be a great choice, along with some chicken wire for the sides. Though most hardware or superstores offer premade compost bins, there’s something about using old materials to make one that just feels right.

Use the wood to build the frame, and wrap the chicken wire around the outside to keep in all your compost.

Here’s a real rundown on how to make your own compost bin.

You don’t want to make your bin or pile bigger than 5′ x 5′ x 5′ because it will be difficult to turn and sustain. A good-sized composter for an average sized garden is about 3′ x 3′ x 3′.

Hopefully this works out for my roommates and me. I don’t want to start throwing egg shells, orange rings and strawberry tops out in the back lawn.

How did you make your own compost bin? Share in the comments section below.

Check out all of the benefits to composting and other ways to make your own compost.

Published on Oct 15, 2009

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