If you are thinking
about building and making a compost bin, then you have come to the
right place. When you grow
vegetables, mow the lawn and tidy up the garden,
there is a wealth of material just waiting to be composted. Making a
allows you to keep your garden tidy. Here we provide you
with 2 plans to make your own compost bin showing you the materials,
dimensions needed for a 3 bay wooden compost bin.
For those of you who have
the space, a large wooden
compost bin is perfect for 3 stage compost
processing. For those of you who are serious about being organic
farmers and gardeners, you cannot do without compost to enrich your
soil and provide the nutrients for healthy growth.
The downside of composting
is that it can look an unholy mess. That is why we have provided plans
for you to make your own compost bin to keep those yards tidy and to
make composting easier. When building a compost bin, it is always wise
to make sure that you build
your compost bin with removable slats. The compost can
then be removed with ease and the slated sides allow for necessary
air-circulation. Here is a plan for a second wooden
log composting pit.
MAKING A COMPOST BIN: Materials for a 3 Bay Compost Bin:
270cm x 150cm
Use treated pine for the total construction, and when
finished cover your compost with a piece of tarpaulin or a sheet of
Wooden slats for side walls and dividers: 28 wooden lengths
150 cm long x 10 cm wide x 4 cm deep.
Wooden slats for back walls: 21 lengths of 90 cm long x 10
cm wide x 4 cm deep
Removable slats: 21 lengths of 70 cm long x 10 cm wide x 4
Posts - 8 lengths of 156 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm
Grooves - 12 lengths of 150 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm
Spacer Blocks - 42 blocks of 15 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm
MAKING A COMPOST BIN: Construction Method
Dig out the soil to make post holes, 30 cm square. Sink the
posts by 15 cm. Fill the holes with quick-setting concrete.
Once the concrete is hard, nail the slats onto the outsides of
the posts, leaving a gap of 4 cm between slats to allow air to get to
To make the grooves for the removable slats, nail two boards
on to each inside face of the 4 front posts, leaving a 5 cm gap between
the two boards to allow for the slats to move up and down with ease.
Nail two boards either end of the two middle posts, and on the inner
sides only of the two outer posts, again with a 5 cm gap.
To make the movable bars, fix 2 spacer blocks to the
undersides of each wooden bar.
MAKING A COMPOST BIN - How do you Use it?
Your finished compost bin will have 3
separate compartments. The first bin compartment is for the roughly
chopped vegetation that needs time to break down. Once it has reduced
considerably in size move it over to bin compartment number 2. Fill the
first bin compartment with new compost. Once bin 2 compartment has
reduced in volume even further, place in the last bin compartment. Soon
this will be the rich and friable compost that you will use on your
Now that you have everything you need, get cracking and make
your own compost bin to enrich your soil and grow healthier plants and
vegetables. If you don't know how
to make compost we will show
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