Composting is the practice of placing non-animal based, organic trash - such as vegetables, eggshells, and coffee grinds - in a container to decompose. Over several months, the material eventually turns into nutrient-rich soil that can be added to your garden to help your flowers and vegetables grow. It’s an eco-friendly process that prevents landfill waste and fosters a healthier environment. It also reduces the amount of toxic gas released into our atmosphere, decreasing overall pollution.
While composting is new to some, for many it’s a way of life - they regularly compost their leftovers instead of tossing them into the garbage can or disposal. And thankfully, it’s a simple, easy addition to your everyday routine. Interested in making your own compost bin? All you need to do is follow our helpful instructions below:
Here’s the list of materials to create your DIY compost bin. It’s best to do this with one other person.
- 4 clean pallets
- 6 yards of chicken wire
- Box of 3-inch nails
- Box of staples
- Staple gun
- To build the frame, stand the pallets on their edges to form a square. Nail the pallet corners together.
- Next, wrap the chicken wire around all four sides of the frame and staple the chicken wire to the wood. This keeps compost matter in, and small animals out.
- Fill the bottom with yard waste, such as leaves and cut grass. Then add food scraps and layer in more yard waste as the seasons progress.
- Next year you’ll have great compost for your spring garden!