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How to Make Your Own Compost Bin

Posted by New Chapter on September 4, 2018

How to Make Your Own Compost Bin

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.

Materials:

  •     4 clean pallets
  •     6 yards of chicken wire
  •     Box of 3-inch nails
  •     Hammer
  •     Box of staples
  •     Staple gun

Instructions:

  1. To build the frame, stand the pallets on their edges to form a square. Nail the pallet corners together.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Next year you’ll have great compost for your spring garden!
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Topics: Sustainability, Doing Good

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