How to Make a Pretty Compost Bin

Overview

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

Step 1

Choose a backyard location that is sunny and near a water source. Sun benefits the decomposition process and makes flowers grow.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Spread a 4-inch-thick layer of brown material such as shredded newspaper, dry leaves or straw on the bottom of the bin.

Step 4

Add a 4-inch layer of green material such as kitchen waste and grass clippings. Water until moist but not wringing wet.

Step 5

Use the plywood as a lid.

Step 6

Plant annual flower seeds around the perimeter of the compost bin, and place a pot of blooming flowers on the lid.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant drought-tolerant flowers such as irises and evening primrose around the compost bin. The soil is too rich, and the moisture has an adverse effect on them. If the compost bin attracts too many flies, add a layer of dry leaves, straw or shredded paper. Excess moisture attracts flies.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken-coop wire or hardware cloth, 3 feet by 10 feet
  • Plywood, 3.18 feet square
  • Wire cutters
  • 4 pieces of wire, 3 inches each
  • Yard and kitchen waste, including newspapers and shredded household paper
  • Water supply
  • Flower seeds or started plants in clay pots

References

  • Maryland State Department of the Environment: Building Your Own Compost Pile

Who Can Help

  • Los Angeles County Smart Gardening Program: Backyard Composting
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About this Author

Joan Norton, M.A., is a licensed psychotherapist and professional writer in the field of women's spirituality. She blogs and has two published books on the subject of Mary Magdalene; "14 Steps To Awaken The Sacred Feminine:Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene," and "The Mary Magdalene Within."