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How to Make a Compost Bin From a Garbage Can

Homemade Compost Bin With A Plastic Garbage Can

An indoor compost bin is an option if you don't have space outdoors. Add fruit and vegetable scraps as you get them, followed by a little more paper. Make sure the trash can has a lid that fits securely; otherwise, you'll have a bin that spills. Add a small amount of water for moisture. Rolling it daily for a couple weeks helps aerate and mix the materials. After three weeks or so, the compost should no longer feel hot and can be transferred to a free-standing pile or left to cure in the bin, aerating every few days. A couple bricks in the bottom of the large can prop the small can up, allowing liquids to seep out the bottom. This liquid, called "compost tea," is rich in nutrients and can be poured into the garden around plants. This composting process generally takes three to five weeks to complete. Drill 10 to 15 half-inch holes in the bottom for drainage, as well as several rows every few inches all the way around the can.

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