How to Build an Organic Compost Bin

Overview

Composting is simpler than many people think, and is all the rage right now. It benefits everything for your household, such as saving money, helping the environment and getting rid of your organic garbage. Compost also makes plants, fruits and vegetables grow strong and extra juicy, with no additives. There are many types of composters available, but the most rewarding is one that you can make out of organic materials, such as branches and twigs from your landscape.

Step 1

Build your composter in an area of your landscape that is in full sun, but is far enough away from a household in case the composter has any strong odors. Keep in mind that the twigs and branches you use need to be tall enough to hold in the compost, like a medium- to large-sized box. The size you choose depends on how much you think you will be composting.

Step 2

Pound the branches into the ground with the mallet, placing each branch next to the other in a square shape. Once you have created a box in the desired size for the organic compost bin, make sure it is even and sturdy because it will serve as the main support system.

Step 3

Use the mallet to pound into the ground the 12 thick branches or twigs, in between the support branches. These smaller supports will help hold in the compost and keep it from falling out through the cracks.

Step 4

Go to a bottom corner to start weaving the binding into the organic composter. Take the smaller twigs and start to weave them in and out of the branches. Once you reach the end, start at the ending point with a new twig. Continue to do this over the entire composter until all the binding has been weaved in top to bottom.

Step 5

Prune around the entire compost bin once complete. Use the pruning shears to cut away straw branch or twig edges, or awkward angles. If necessary, use twine to bind the support branches even more securely.

Step 6

Add a thin layer of dirt over the bottom of the composter, as well as a layer of straw. Once you start adding things to your organic composter, the dirt and straw will help provide microorganisms as well as prevent odors.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure to aerate the organic compost bin regularly with a shovel, shifting through the materials to provide air circulation and pockets. If you don't do this, the composting won't occur.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 to 8 branches, cut the same height
  • 12 thick twigs or small branches, cut the same height
  • Mallet
  • Smaller twigs
  • Pruning shears
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Layer of dirt
  • Layer of straw

References

  • JourneyToForever.org: Making Compost
  • HowToCompost.org: The World's Ultimate Compost Bin
  • BackyardGardener.com: Composting
Keywords: making compost, creating a compost bin, organic compost care

About this Author

Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.