How to Build a Timber Compost Bin


Composting is a simple process that requires minimal preparation, and will benefit the environment, your landscape and household. It is even more rewarding for you if you build your own compost bin out of organic materials, such as wood branches and timber. It just takes some time, materials and preparation.

Step 1

Pick a place to build the timber compost bin that is in full sun and is away from the household in case of strong odors. Decide how large you want the timber compost bin to be. Eight large branches will create a bin that is around 4-by-4 feet.

Step 2

Pound the thick branches into the ground at least 3 inches using a hammer or mallet. Create a square shape with branches as the support system at every corner.

Step 3

Fill in the space between the main support branches in the ground with twigs and smaller branches. Secure these into the ground with your hands or the mallet or hammer, making sure they are about 2 to 3 inches deep.

Step 4

Weave small, flexible twigs through the support branches. Continue to do this over the entire bin until all the binding has been weaved in from top to bottom.

Step 5

Cut off any sharp edges from the timber compost bin with scissors or pruners. Use twine to secure the support branches further if desired.

Step 6

Layer dirt over the bottom of the timber compost bin before adding compost, along with a thick layer or straw.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 to 24 thick branches, cut the same height
  • Several thick twigs or small branches, cut the same height
  • Mallet or hammer
  • Smaller twigs
  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Twine
  • Dirt
  • Straw


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