How to Make a DIY Compost Bin

DIY Compost Bin
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Certain foods can be composted into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Composting is the process of recycling biodegradable waste or turning garbage into gold. Worms, bacteria, and other microorganisms breakdown organic waste into fertilizer using chemical decomposition. Composting is usually one of the last steps in reducing food waste. Because we will never completely eliminate food waste composting is a nice safety net.

Next spring we are planting our first garden. We have been putting it off for a couple of years as we finished up other projects around the house. But next year is the year, I am tired of waiting. We are planning to build a couple of raised beds that we want to fill with fresh soil and compost. A store-bought compost bin, while convenient, can be really expensive and is not in our budget. So I have been researching some DIY options. I want to start composting now so we will have lots of terrific compost next year when it’s time to start planting. Contunue reading for advice on how to make a DIY compost bin.

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Outdoor Compost Bins

Rubbermaid Tote Compost BinYoung House Love

Rubber Tote Compost Bin

Your compost bin doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Here is a simple compost bin made with a Rubbermaid tote. This is where we have decided to start our compost journey. We are using this bin while we decide on and build a more permanent solution.

DIY Compost Bin + Free Plans & Cut ListPractically Functional

Lidded Compost Bin

What I love about this compost bin is the attention to details. There is a lid that can be easily opened with one hand, a door for easy access to the composted soil, and hardware cloth on every side, including the bottom, to keep unwanted critters out.

Pallet Compost BinYoung House Love

Pallet Compost Bin

Is there anything a pallet can’t do? This compost bin was made by reusing pallets. If you are using treated wood for your compost bin only use the compost with non-edible plants in case some of the chemicals have leeched into the compost.

How to Build a Tumbling Composter

Rolling Compost Bin

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This tumbling composter makes it easy to turn your compost and keep it aerated, which will speed up the composting and reduce the smell. The composter can be made from a garbage can or a plastic or steel barrel.

How to Build a Cedar Lattice Compost Bin

Lattice Compost Bin

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The open grid of lattice panels makes it a great option for a compost bin because it allows for airflow which will help speed along your composting.

How to Build a Straw Bale Compost Bin

Straw Compost Bin

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Creating a straw bale compost bin is a great way to naturally add brown matter to your compost as the straw bales break down.

Indoor Compost Bins

When composting you don’t want to be making multiple trips a day to your outdoor compost bin. These small compost bins can be used in your kitchen to collect your scraps throughout the week.

Faux Enamelware Compost BinCarolyn’s Homework

Enamel Compost Bin

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DIY Indoor Compost ContainerDo-It-Yourself Danielle

Coffee Can Compost Bin

A compost bin really doesn’t have to be fancy. Even an old coffee container will work.

Currently, I am using this tall Rubbermaid container that I keep in our deep freeze to make sure there aren’t any unwanted odors in the kitchen.

Need some help getting started composting? Check out this blog post all about composting.

Have you made your own compost bin? I would love to know any tips or tricks you have learned.

DIY Compost Bin

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