How to Make a Wooden Compost Bin


One of the best ways to reduce the amount of garbage that you throw away is to recycle your organic scraps, such as vegetable and fruit leavings, in a compost bin. The process of composting turns organic scraps into humus, a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can be used as a fertilizer. Adding compost in the soil reduces pests and diseases present in the soil. Composting your organic scraps is simple once you have a compost bin to put them in.

Step 1

Cut the 2-by-6 board into 3-foot lengths. Cut the 2-by-2 timber into 4-foot lengths. You will need four of the cut 2-by-2 timbers and seven of the cut 2-by-6 boards. The lumberyard or home supply store where you purchased the lumber may also cut them for you.

Step 2

Sharpen one end of each of the four, 4-foot 2-by-2 boards to a point with a hatchet to create a timber stake.

Step 3

Drive each timber stake into the ground 1/3 of the total length of the stake with a rubber mallet. Position the stakes in the ground so that they form the corners of a square. Space the stakes 34 inches apart.

Step 4

Place one of the 2-by-6 boards on the ground on its side with the ends lined up with the 2-by-2 timbers. Nail the board in place. Repeat this process on the other three sides of the bin. Offset the nails in the boards so that they do not meet in the center of the 2-by-2 timber.

Step 5

Place another board along one side of the bin so that it touches the top of the timbers. Nail it into place. Repeat this process on two more sides. Leave the fourth side open for easy access to the compost bin. Leaving space between the boards allows air to reach the compost.

Things You'll Need

  • 28 galvanized 3 ¾ inch nails
  • 1 2-by-6 board of pressure-treated redwood lumber
  • 1 2-by-2 timber of pressure-treated redwood lumber
  • Hammer
  • Hatchet
  • Rubber mallet


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