Compost bins come in many different sizes and shapes. There are also a lot of variations on the market when it comes to the type of compost containers. However, these ready-made alternatives don’t work for everyone. Besides, they can sometimes be a hefty investment.
But why invest in something you can easily make yourself? With just a bit of skill and the right set of tools and materials, you can easily make your own compost container that will suit all of your needs.
That said, let us break down the process of making a compost container and see which items you will need in order to be able to finish the project.
To start off, you will need to determine which materials you want to be using to make the compost container. Ideally, you should use wood but avoid going for treated lumber. Treated lumber may contain some harmful chemicals, so it is certainly not the best choice.
Instead, you should look for exterior wood, which is the type of wood that can handle being exposed to elements and the wear and tear. Head to your local lumberyard and see if they would be willing to cut the wood for you or if they perhaps already have pieces that are of the appropriate dimensions. Aside from wood, you will also need nails to secure the structure.
Now that you have all the materials required, you will need to obtain the tools. If you are cutting the wood yourself, you will need some type of saw to be able to do so.
If you already have the necessary pieces, however, you will only need a drill, something to sharpen the wood and a trusty brad nailer. If you don’t already have a brad nailer, you should definitely invest in getting one, as it can come in quite handy for various other projects.
Ideally, you should look for top quality, like the one offered by Stoney Creek Woodworks to ensure that this investment will last you a long time. If you were to hammer the nails by hand, you can easily make a mistake that can compromise the stability of your compost container.
Additionally, hand nailing could cause wood to split, which is certainly something you should avoid. Once you obtain all the necessary tools and materials, it is time to put your compost container together.
Depending on the size and the shape of your compost container, you want to sharpen one end of your main pillars to resemble stakes. By nailing them into the ground you will secure your structure in place.
Once you have sharpened the edges, attach the rest of your boards to them. Ideally, you should leave some room between the boards to promote air circulation and ventilation.
However, make sure that there’s not too much space in between to prevent your compost from spilling. Use the brad nailer to secure all the boards in place and make sure that the structure is sturdy. Once you are done, use a sledgehammer to drive the stakes into the ground.
If for whatever reason, you can’t or don’t want to be using wood to make a compost container, you can always make it out of some other material. The only important thing to keep in mind is that you need to ensure that your compost can “breathe”.
This is due to the fact that areas that are completely sealed off and that don’t receive enough ventilation are the perfect breeding grounds for mold. And since mold can be quite harmful and even toxic, you surely don’t want it anywhere near your plants.
So, choose any other material as an alternative but make sure that you can – at least – drill some wholes in it to promote ventilation.
Other Useful Tips
When trying to decide on the size and the shape of your compost container inspect your yard first and see where you want to locate it. The container shouldn’t be placed in direct sunlight, as the compost will dry too quickly without properly reaching the necessary state of decomposing.
Also, you should go for a square or rectangular shape to make it more easily accessible. See to it that your compost bin is big enough to fit a shovel or a similar tool, as you will need to be using something similar to mix the compost from time to time.
Keep this checklist in mind if you’re trying to build your own compost container. While the size and shape will greatly depend on your needs, the materials and tools required will only slightly vary.