I just started a full size compost bin and am excited about what it will create in a few months. I have had a small tumbler bin and one in a Tupperware tub, but never one of this size.
We are planting more fruits and berries this year and I am learning about organic growing, so having compost is of utmost importance. Might as well make it myself!
Here are a few pictures from start to finish of my new compost bin.
I started with a little space next to our dog lot. It is a space not being used in the yard. I also had my grey tub of compost that I started ready to add to the new pile.
Dad helped me secure two pallets that he had laying around at their place, and Austin gave me the other.
I secured them together with four hinges. I thought this would make it easy to maneuver if needed, and give some good stability.
I bought some 1″ chicken wire at the coop to keep the compost material mostly within the bin, and the holes will allow for airflow through the pile.
I used my staple gun to secure the wire to the pallets.
Once the bin was together I laid down cardboard to keep out weeds in the bin and around the pallets where they sit on the ground.
Now I was ready for some material! The leaves have just started to fall so I have plenty of brown material. In my grey tub I had way too much green material and not enough brown, so combining them now should get things started on a good note.
Layers of green and brown material now make up the compost bin. I am ready to add more. In the spring I will add a second bin so I can keep one going at all times.