How to Make Cheap Compost Bin


Rich, earthy compost is one of the best amendments a gardener has in his arsenal. It can be used as a soil amendment or mulch and provides better drainage while adding vital nutrients to the garden soil. It's very helpful to the environment, as well. Many manufacturers produce big, fancy compost bins that will set you back a few bucks, but you can get the same end result with a very simple structure.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • 10 feet of 1-inch galvanized chicken wire 36 inches wide
  • Heavy wire
  • 3 wooden or metal posts, 4 feet tall
  • Tin snips
  • Pliers
  • Hammer

Put on gloves to prevent injury when working with the chicken wire. Bend in the ends of the chicken wire a couple of inches with the pliers so no sharp wires are pointing out.

Place the chicken wire in the location where you want your compost pile. Grab both ends and make it into a circle, with the ends touching each other. It should be about 3 feet in diameter.

Cut four lengths of the heavy wire with the tin snips to serve as ties. About 6 inches should be sufficient. Wrap the ties around the ends of the chicken wire to secure it together. Wrap one at the top, another at the bottom, then space the other two evenly. Use the pliers to twist the ties together.

Place the posts evenly spaced inside the chicken wire compost bin. Hold them tightly against the chicken wire and hammer them 1 foot deep in the ground to support the structure.

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