How to Build a Backyard Composter


A circular wire-mesh composter made with galvanized chicken wire is an inexpensive way to compost yard waste. As you perform regular yard maintenance, just add the waste into the composter. In turn, the compost will supply you with rich organic matter that helps to improve the soil. Composting can take up to two years to be ready to use.

Step 1

Cut 13 feet from the roll of galvanized chicken wire.

Step 2

Roll the last 4 inches tightly to create a safe, clean edge that will be easy to handle.

Step 3

Place the ends together to form a circle and secure with wire ties or clips, using pliers if necessary to secure the chicken wire together with the ties.

Step 4

Evenly place wooden or metal posts around the inner perimeter of the circle of wire.

Step 5

Hammer the posts into the ground, making sure the wire is tightly wrapped around the posts.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not place pressure-treated lumber in the compost bin as it contains chemicals that can be toxic to your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • 13 feet galvanized chicken wire, 3 feet wide
  • Four metal clips or wire ties
  • Four wooden or metal posts, 3 feet high
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Work gloves


  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • The Backyard Gardener
Keywords: compost, mulch, organic

About this Author

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen has worked four years as a professional writer and editor, writing for the online source eHow with articles such as "How to Make Chocolate Chip Biscotti" and "How to Make Marshmallow Fondant," and editing scripts for A Work In Progress, an inspirational radio drama.