Firstly, decide where to place the compost bin. Right outside the kitchen door is convenient for throwing out kitchen scraps. A compost pile made correctly will not have any odor to it, and furthermore, this one will have a decorative touch to it. Place it at least five feet away from the foundation of the house.
DIY Compost Bin out of Lattice
There are many expensive compost bins for sale on the internet. Why spend the money when a DIY bin costs 1/8 of retail cost?
Important Before You Begin
Secondly, gather all the materials needed. Some may already be on hand: 2 4X8-foot lattice panels (each cut into 2 4X4-foot pieces) 4 2X4s cut 5 feet long 2 Large clothesline hooks Shovel Drill, screwdriver, or hammer Screws or nails Tape measure When purchasing the lattice, ask the store to cut it to the specific measurements needed. My local Home Depot Store wouldn't cut it for me claiming the lattice fell apart when they tried to cut them. Lowes did cut it, so they got my business. Your local Home Depot may not have the same policy as mine, so give them a try if that's where you like to shop.
Lattice Compost Bin
Lattice Compost Bin
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Building the Compost Bin
Measure a 4X4-foot square at the site chosen. Mark each of the corners of the square which is where the posts will be placed. Dig a hole for the first support post. The hole should be about 1 foot deep. Insert a 2x4 post and fill the hole in well with soil or easy mix cement.Tamp down the soil around the post to keep it sturdy. There is no need to use cement if you think you might want to move it to a different location later. Packing the posts with soil only, makes it easy to move. Hold up the lattice to the first post to make sure the spacing is right for the next post. Dig that hole. Continue to do this until all four posts are in the ground. The front two 2x4s should be placed with the 4-inch side facing out. This will make it easier to attach the gate later.
Next, line up the lattice sheets against the posts, and screw three of the sheets in place. An electric drill or screwdriver makes this step go quickly. Hold the remaining sheet of lattice against the posts to determine the best location for the hooks. Mark and drill the holes. Tighten the nuts on both sides of the clothesline hooks. A second compost bin can be attached to the first one with just three sheets of lattice. This makes it convenient for turning the pile and will increase the amount of compost at hand. To make the compost bin more attractive, grow flowering or non-flowering vines up the sides of the lattice. Potted plants can also be placed around it. By not purchasing a ready made bin, this easy project saved me anywhere from $200 to $500.
A Final Touch
You might be thinking that you don't want an ugly compost bin placed outside your kitchen door. This compost bin is beautiful when you grow flowering vines up it. The following vines and plants would be an added feature to the compost bin, and they can easily grow from seed planted in the ground: Sweet Peas, Hyacinth Bean Vine, Morning Glory, Geraniums, Marigolds, Petunias, Sweet Potato Vine and many more. The morning glories you see on the products above are a photograph I took of the flowers growing up my lattice compost bin.