How to Make a Simple Compost Bin


Composting is a way to make your own fertilizer for the garden. There is a way to make a simple compost bin for the yard that will be easy to care for and use. Ideally, the compost bin will be in a part of the yard out of the way so that you will not see it or smell the decomposing of the debris you put in it. The simplest way to make the bin is with a few materials you have around the house or materials from a demolition site.

Step 1

Use the tape measure to measure a 4-by-4-foot square in the yard where you will place the composting bin.

Step 2

Use the shovel to dig the first hole at the corner of the square area. The hole should be about 1 foot deep.

Step 3

Place one of the 2-by-4 inch, 5-foot-long boards in the hole. Fill in with soil around the pole and stomp down to pack in the soil.

Step 4

Place the first piece of lattice up on the pole. Note where the other end is and dig the next hole. Place a second 2-by-4 inch pole in and secure with the soil as you did in Step 3. Continue until you have all four posts in the corners.

Step 5

Place the first lattice wall up on the left side of your bin. Secure with the screws and a screwdriver. Put up the right side and then the backside, leaving the front open. The front section will be the gate to the compost bin.

Step 6

Place the front lattice up to the poles. Make marks on each side where you will place the large hooks to hang the lattice, which will be a removable gate. Drill holes where you made the marks.

Step 7

Screw the hooks into the posts. Make sure that the hooks are tight. Place the lattice gate on the hooks. You now have a compost bin with a gate for easy access.

Things You'll Need

  • Four 4-by-4 foot lattice panels
  • Four 2-by-4 inch boards, each 5 feet long
  • 2 large hooks
  • Shovel
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Tape measure


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Keywords: compost bin, lattice, backyard compost pile

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