As you know, I am all for making things for free if I can. It is not for everyone but I thought I would give everyone the quick and easy way to learn how to build a Compost Bin at home.
Searching the Web I am surprised that the Garden Composting Bin Plans that I could find all seemed so complicated to follow. Well, I will be keeping it as simple as possible. Compost Bin Plans should be so easy to follow that people will be inclined to build one themselves, not be put off by technicalities.
We have built quite a few over the years and the one thing they all have in common is that they were simple to construct. Sometimes we use Pallets and sometimes we use whatever bits of scrap wood we have available. Lets take a look at the best composter for free.
As you can see from the photo ours are not the tidiest things in the world. The instructions that follow will leave you with something that looks much nicer and should last for years.
How To Build A Compost Bin
If you want to make a Compost Bin at its most basic then here is what you will need.
- Five Wooden slatted boards of the same size (if possible)
- A Handful of Screws
- A Screwdriver
Told you it was simple!
I don’t like to over-complicate things if I don’t have to! Of course, there are a million variations on how to build a Compost Bin. What follows are instructions for building the simplest one possible. You can use your imagination and change it however you wish. Adding a hinged lid for example is what many people like to do.
Free Compost Bin Plans
How To Build Wooden Compost Bins
What you are doing is making a wooden box that one of your boards will then act as a removable lid for. So, the only thing you need to remember is that the Compost Bin must be smaller than the lid so it will sit on comfortably.
- Find a nice flat surface to work on. This will make construction much easier.
- Stand one slatted board upright. Face it away from you so you are looking down its length.
- Stand another one upright this time with it at 90 degrees to the first.
- Butt them all up to each other. You want the first one to be on the inside edge of the second.
- Screw them together.
- Repeat on the right hand side.
- Place the fourth at the back and screw it to the other two.
Simple and quick.
Building A Compost Bin Is Easy
The last slatted board will now sit on the top. This is optional and really is just used if you have a problem with animals trying to get in etc.
The five slatted board Compost Bin really is the easiest design there is.
You should put all manner of materials on your compost bin. You can put all kinds of animal manure on there. If you have chickens then the spent litter is ideal. Rabbit droppings and the straw can go on and so can the bedding and litter of indoor animals like pet hamsters.
Many children have pet hamster and pet guinea pigs and all this is ideal for composting. Unless of course your childrens pet hamster is a Zhu Zhu Pet hamster. Get a cheap real pet hamster or better still a rabbit for great materials to compost.
Learning how to build a compost bin really can be that easy. I know it is not for everyone. Some people want an extremely tidy garden composter. The best composter for us is a cheap one. Don’t forget though, if you want a very clean and ultra efficient composter then see the new post about the compost bin tumbler. The tumbler compost bin is quite an exciting prospect, especially for those who want the best composter and compost that can be made very quickly.
Use it until it is full, wait a few months, and then you should have some of the finest Compost there is. To get to your fantastic Compost simply unscrew the front and empty it out. You are now a home garden composter!
So, what are you doing this weekend?
Nicking (um, finding) Pallets hopefully!
For a more self sufficient future