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As you might already know but compost is great for your garden, plants and lawn. It helps them retain moisture, it can help the roots grow stronger and can improve your yielding potential among other things, so if you want to see the best results you better get round to using it.
The only thing is it can be rather expensive if you use it on a regular basis and to be honest, you don’t really know what kinds of chemicals companies are putting into their mixtures. To stay on the safe side and to save you a little bit of money you can built your own compost bin. They are easy to set up and are a great way to put you garden and kitchen waste to use.
Don’t worry if you don’t know how because that’s exactly what I’ll be showing you just below!
What you need
- 4 corner brackets
- A box of screws
- A screwdriver and drill
- 4 pallets
- Chicken wire
- A saw
- 4 hinges
- 2 sets of hook & latches
Find the area you want to place the bin and clear of any leaves, twigs and stones, and you might need to level it with a rake. The bin must stand of bare soil to work properly so making the ground clear is why needed. If you’re worried if rats or other pests might then get into your compost then lay down some chicken wire.
Before you begin constructing the bin you need to make sure all pallets are same size, this is where you’ll need the saw to make adjustments.
With the pallets all the same size, align them into a U shape by standing them on their side and nail them together (in both corners as shown in the video below). Now add the corner brackets to the inside of the bin to make sure the pallets are firmly attached. Use two for each corner, one at the bottom and one at the top.
To make the door cut the remaining pallet in half and attach them to the sides of the bin using the hinges. Make sure you don’t place the bottom hinge too close to the ground otherwise it could get worn away and also make sure there’s a space in-between both doors to stop them from rubbing against each other.
Add the hook and latches to both doors so you can keep them closed.
Now wrap the chicken wire around the bin and attached them using U-shaped nails, this keeps any overflowing waste from falling out the bin and prevents any pest from entering it.
That’s you all done so you can start adding all your garden and kitchens waste to bin to start your very own compost!
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4 thoughts on “Make Your Own Compost Bin”
I never even thought about making my own composed bit. This looks easy enough that I may try it myself. Do you have to mix the composting material once in a while or you just adding everything on the top making sure you use brown and green mixture each time?
Yeah every now and then give the mixture a good mix, just to get everything added together, and yeah use a combination of both green and brown waste.
Thanks for the comment Gabby 😉
Thanks for this! I didn’t realise how simple it would be to make my own compost bin. I have one that I bought from a hardware store, and it is good however, it would have been so much better to upcycle some used timber rather than purchasing more plastic.
This is a great and easy to understand tutorial, thank you.
Glad you enjoyed it Joanne, the main thing is you can still make your own compost so don’t beat yourself up at all 😉