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Build Your Own Compost Bin

Apr 13, 2012
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Compost bins, like the people who maintain them, come in all shapes and sizes. While there are some beautiful prefabricated bins out there you can buy like the one pictured above, why not put your do-it-yourself skills to the test by building your own? Here are a few ways you can do it depending on your time avaiable, budget and building skills.

The compost bin featured above is among the easiest and best-designed ones available, but it's not the cheapest.  You'll need to buy the corner brackets which cost about $90 as well as 20 4-foot boards.  

If you're either thrifty, handy or both there are some other options to consider such as the "oh-so-easy" mesh circle bin (click image for plan):


A bin using wood and wire that can be moved to where it's needed (click image for plan):

Or the more advanced 3-bin structure (click image for plan):

3-bin compost bin

Alternatively, you can use the Zen approach to compost by simply leaving it in a heap. Compost happens.

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