How to Make a Compost Sifter


Compost provides essential nutrients to a garden. Sifting out large particles provides a compost that is easy to spread and blends right into the garden area. Even after months of composting, sticks, twigs and large particles can still exist in a compost pile. Sifting these particles out allows for them to be added back to the compost pile or used in areas where a mulch is needed.

Step 1

Measure the 2x4's and cut two pieces 40 inches and two pieces 32 inches using a saw.

Step 2

Place the 32 inch 2x4's so that they butt up to the edges of the 40 inch 2x4's, forming a box frame four inches deep and 40 inches by 36 inches.

Step 3

Use the drill to secure the pieces of wood together using screws. Two screws in each corner is sufficient to hold the frame together.

Step 4

Place the hardware cloth over the frame.

Step 5

Staple the hardware cloth to the wooden frame using a staple gun.

Step 6

Place the completed screen over a garbage can or other large container located near the compost pile. Shovel the compost onto the screen, raking it back and forth and pushing it through the hardware cloth. Remove any large particles from the top of the screen for return to the compost pile or for use as mulch.

Things You'll Need

  • Garbage can
  • Two 2x4's, each 8 feet long
  • 40 inches of 1-inch poultry netting, 36 inches wide
  • Three-inch galvanized screws
  • Staples
  • Staple Gun
  • Electric Drill
  • Saw
  • Tape measure


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