Composting is a way of life for many gardeners who also value beauty. A compost-bin area can be pretty as well as useful. Food scraps and soiled paper make up the bulk of items that go to landfills, so home composting is important to the environment. Flowers and vines grow easily near a compost bin because the soil is very rich and nutritious. Movable clay or plastic pots full of blooming flowers placed around the compost bin make it a pretty part of the landscape. Making a bin from chicken wire or hardware cloth is an easy way to start a pretty composting area.
Build a Cylinder Compost Bin
Choose a backyard location that is sunny and near a water source. Sun benefits the decomposition process and makes flowers grow.
Form the chicken wire or hardware cloth into a circle. It will be approximately 3.18 feet in diameter. Fasten the ends together in four places with the 3-inch wire pieces.
Spread a 4-inch-thick layer of brown material such as shredded newspaper, dry leaves or straw on the bottom of the bin.
Add a 4-inch layer of green material such as kitchen waste and grass clippings. Water until moist but not wringing wet.
Use the plywood as a lid.
Plant annual flower seeds around the perimeter of the compost bin, and place a pot of blooming flowers on the lid.