How to Have a Compost Box in the Ground


Compost is a mixture of organic matter from the kitchen and yard that is combined and left to decompose into its most basic elements. It can then be distributed in the garden and will provide nutrients for your plants. Most gardeners use an above-ground compost bin, but if you live in an area with a lot of pests such as mice or roaches, or would prefer to keep your composting discrete, an in-ground compost box may be the best option.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is 6 inches wider on all sides than the compost box.

Step 2

Stack bricks along the sides of the hole, setting them so that the box will fit snugly inside. Do not place any bricks on the bottom, as the compost will need a means of naturally draining.

Step 3

Set the compost box into the hole and place a lid tightly on top. The lid will deter neighborhood wildlife from foraging in the bin.

Step 4

Turn the compost inside the box once a week with a shovel. Dig completely down to the bottom of the box to bring up the most heavily composted matter.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Bricks


  • Earth Easy: Composting
  • "Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting"; Stu Campbell; 1998
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