How To Make a Compost Box in the Ground


Compost, while very beneficial to both flower and vegetable gardens, takes up to a year to mature and the bin can be very unsightly in the backyard. One way to solve this problem is to have a convenient bin buried in the yard where it is out of sight. You can simply bury the day's kitchen waste a foot deep in unused garden space or you can create a bin into which you can add yard waste to the compost.

Step 1

Drill 20 or more holes in the bottom of a large metal garbage can.

Step 2

Drill a series of 20 or more holes in the lower third of the can.

Step 3

Dig a hole deep enough in the desired area to fit the can, with 2 to 3 inches of the open lip above the soil area.

Step 4

Fill removed dirt around the outside of the can to secure it in place.

Step 5

Fill the can with green and brown yard wastes and any kitchen waste.

Step 6

Loop the hook of a bungee cord over one of the handles of the can, thread the cord though the lid handle and secure the opposite end to the other handle of the can. This will keep rodents or other animals out of the buried compost can.

Step 7

Use the shovel to turn the compost in the can every two months. The compost should be ready to use in approximately one year.

Things You'll Need

  • Large metal garbage can with lid
  • Drill with 1/4-inch metal bit
  • Shovel
  • Bungee cord


  • University of Rhode Island: What Is Composting?
  • Homemade Food Digester (PDF)
Keywords: in-ground compost bin, homemade composter, compost bins

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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.