An Easy Way to Make a Simple Compost Bin

If you have wanted an actual compost bin but have been intimidated about how to go about it, her is an easy way to make an inexpensive one.

Do you have any large containers laying around? We had an old trash can that had previously been in the garage holding hockey sticks. We moved the hockey sticks and were considering what to do with this trash can. I realized it was a compost bin in disguise!

Take your container, in our case an old trash can, and turn it upside down. Drill some holes in the bottom, making certain to drill a hole in any area which is depressed so that rain water can easily drain through the holes. You don’t want rain water collecting and sitting in your compost bin.

It’s that simple. Set it upright and place it in an out of the way corner of your yard. You are ready to add your kitchen scraps, yard waste, or other organic material.


A Vow To Compost

Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren’t as “green” as they may want to be.


Tiger worms (7 of 7)

Photo by Timothy Musson

Often when we have friends over, they will ask if we have a compost bin. I sadly shake my head, chagrined. While we have had compost piles in the past, basically just piles where we dump our food scraps at the back of our property, we haven’t ever had a true compost pile. It’s not that we disagree with composting or think it is too much work, it just hasn’t ever been a priority.

A couple of years ago, when on vacation in Chicago, our apartment was equipped with a little kitchen counter compost bin. I loved it. All of our banana peals and egg shells went in. I mentally did a little happy dance when I had some scraps to put in after each meal. I just haven’t done the same at home, mainly due to the mentality that we are moving soon. However, the move hasn’t happened yet, and neither has real composting. So, I’m changing that. Sure, we may end up moving, but so be it. We’ll start again.

We have plans for two composting systems, neither of which will cost much. We have a smaller plastic trash can without a lid that has no other purpose at the moment. It was previously in the garage holding hockey sticks, but no that we are parking the van in the garage, my mudroom is non-existent. I plan to drill holes in the bottom and place it out in the backyard.

Secondly, the kids and I are planning to build a worm bin. We are actually excited about having worms. I’m still looking into what size worm bin we want to have and where we will store it. However, sometime soon, when someone asks if we have a compost bin, the answer will be a resounding, “Yes!”


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