How To Make A Compost Bin and Start Composting
How to Make a Compost Bin and Start Composting your food scraps.
So what did we find out?
35 Gallon Trash Can ( Walmart for $10 – 18 )
Hand Drill ( if you don’t have one just see if you can borrow one from your neighbor)
Bungee Cords ( Walmart, I got a set for $10 with 20 pieces in different sizes)
Some thick scrap wood – Enough that you can sit the garbage bin on top of and have at least 3 inches of ground clearance.
Drill holes into the side and lid of the garbage bin as shown in the illustration below.
Place and position the wood in the location where you will keep your compost bin
Put the bin on top of it and begin to fill it.
You are probably wondering..”ok now what do I put in it?”
You know I’ve got you on that too. There are loads of things that you can put in your compost bin so I have broken them down into categories to give you a general idea.
- Fresh Grass Clipping ( heavy abundance of this stuff during the summertime with the crazy growing grass)
- Manure ( from herbivores only )
- Vegetables and Fruit peelings
- Tea Leaves
- Young Weeds (non-perennials)
- Vegetable crop residue ( like my tomato plant in the top picture)
- Twigs and Hedge Clippings
- Coffee Grounds and the filters ( paper of course )
- Shredded Paper
- Dead leaves ( abundant in the fall) ( or ALWAYS in my back garden..lol)
- Hay and Straw
Other Items to Compost:
- Washed and crushed Egg Shells
- Hair ( human or pet hair will do, this will provide nitrogen to the compost)
- Wool, Cotton, or Dryer Sheets cut into small pieces
- Vacuum Bag Guts – be mindful in regards to what you vacuumed though, you wouldn’t want to vacuum up some borax and then dump it.
- Wood Ash