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Oh happy day! I’ve got a new compost bin

By Penny Stine

Like a lot of gardeners, I want to be able to compost. I not only want to be able to make compost using lawn and garden waste, I want to make it and actually be able to use it, too. That’s been the tricky part.

I’ve got this tall, honking bin that seems like it should make great compost, but the bin is so tall that it’s difficult to turn the contents. Plus, I’m always adding fresh stuff to the top, which slows down the decomposition of everything down below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mom uses a couple of the drum models, but they’re not very big, and I’ve got a large pile of materials waiting to compost.


So I asked my husband to build a bin. The materials cost about $60 (I think… it could have been higher) and it took him several hours last Sunday. But I got exactly what I wanted.

 


 

 

 

The bin will have two compartments. (He forgot to put the divider in when he built it, but got the additional supplies last night, so it should happen any day now.) I can work one side, turning the contents and letting everything decompose while adding new kitchen scraps and yard waste to the other side. It won’t get as hot as the black bin in my other garden, but I’m hoping it works well when the weather turns hot.
In the meantime, I better get busy and chop up that compost pile and decide which half of the bin to put it.
The bin is wood and sits in the irrigated portion of what will be my new garden area, so it will get sprinkled when I water, but I’m hoping it holds up. If not, then I’ve learned another valuable lesson in what not to do.
 

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