How to make a compost bin, diy simple and easy
Creating their own compost is something any gardener should aim for. In this article we’ll show how to make a compost bin, simple and easy.
There are several advantages in doing so:
- You will be recycling material rich in nutrients, such as kitchen leftovers, instead of going to waste, these nutrients are absorbed by plants in the garden;
- You will be saving money, as you don’t need to buy as much fertilizer or manure;
- You will be enriching your soil with organic matter which, in addition to nutrients, will have a greater capacity to retain moisture and need less watering;
- You will be saving time and your back because when using the compost as a weed suppressor, you will waste less time pulling weeds
Compost is like gold for gardeners. If you never tried it, this is a good time to start making your own compost. In fact, the best time to invest in compost was yesterday, the second best is today.
To do this, you only need a composter, which can be a box purchased from a garden center, or you can make it yourself. In this article we will show you a very easy way to make a simple compost bin.
You will need:
- chicken wire
- 4 posts
Choose a shady hidden spot in the garden, sheltered behind a wall for example. In this case, we will make a composter next to the fence of a plant nursery, between two trees and not in the garden itself.
As you will see, it is not perfect, but we build it quickly and easily, and it is good for what we need.
We are using pruned branches of trees as posts to limit the compost bin. We choose the more upright sticks, eliminate the side branches and cut to the height we want. Do not forget to give the margin for the part that will be buried in the ground.
With the help of a saw, we sharpen the tip of the stakes so that they easily penetrate the soil.
We open the holes with a shovel. We put the stake in the hole and tap it a little so that it gets deeper into the soil.
Then we add soil around the stake, and press it down hard with a stick to make it very firm.
Then we unroll the net starting in one of the corners. We secure it with wires and go around the posts, fixing the net to each post until the square is closed.
In the end we can (we should) cover the inside of the net with cardboard or other material that helps to retain moisture in the compost pile.
You don’t need to put anything on the bottom, so it allows bacteria and animals, such as earthworms, to easily penetrate your compost and do their job. They are your workers.
However, if you want to prevent moles or mice from entering the composer, you can place a thinner net over the soil.
There are many ways to create your own compost bin. Here is just one example.
As long as you create a space limited by some material, where you can accumulate vegetable material to decompose, that’s all you need.
You can make compost in perforated garbage bags, garbage cans, stacked tires or even in a pit in the ground… you don’t even have to spend money to do it.
Remember that this is one of the best investments you can make in gardening and horticulture.
Do you want to tell us how you do your compost? Can you share any tricks or suggestions in the comments section? We would love to know.