How to Build a Simple Wire Composter


A simple wire composter, or a wire mesh compost bin, is a simple, inexpensive way to contain compost to prevent it from spreading in the garden or backyard during its decomposition process. Composting is the process of decomposing kitchen and yard waste into rich organic matter for the soil. This "black gold" is packed with essential nutrients soil requires to encourage plants and vegetables to grow healthy. With a few tools in hand, make your own simple wire compostor and have rich compost from six months to two years.

How to Build a Simple Wire Composter

Step 1

Purchase wire mesh from your local hardware store. Buy 10 feet of wire for a bin that is 3 feet in diameter, or 12 1/2 feet for a bin with a diameter of 4 feet. Make sure the wire is at least 36 inches wide.

Step 2

Select a shady location in your yard or garden to place the wire composter. It should not be too close to your house, but placing it too far will prevent you from reaching it easily in the cold or wet winter.

Step 3

Unroll the wire and use tin snips or wire cutters to cut the ends near a cross wire. Wear your gloves as you cut to prevent injury from the sharp ends, and fold back the points 2 to 3 inches to have rounded edges.

Step 4

Bend the wire into a circle by walking round a few times until the round shape is formed. Overlap the edges by 3 to 4 inches. The wire mesh will hold its shape easily, since it is sturdy.

Step 5

Fasten the bin with four heavy wire ties or twine to hold it together. Use pliers to make sure they are tight and secure.

Step 6

Fill your bin with alternating layers of green and brown kitchen and yard scrap. Greens include leaf and grass clippings, manure and food scraps, while browns include wood, branches and twigs, coffee filters and ash. Wet the contents to a moist consistency, and remember to turn the compost frequently, at least once or twice a week with a rake or pitchfork to aerate the contents and mix them well.

Things You'll Need

  • Galvanized wire mesh
  • Gloves
  • Tin snips
  • Heavy wire ties
  • Pliers
  • 3 or 4 wood or metal stakes
  • Hammer
  • Kitchen and yard scrap
  • Pitchfork


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  • Compost Information
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