Canadian in Candia

April 22, 2009

Compost Bin

Filed under: Garden — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 9:22 pm

Compost Bin, originally uploaded by mbarsalou.

So it’s earth day, should I post something earthy, why not. So a few weeks ago I was peeling potatoes and getting irritated at throwing away the peels. I was raking the leaves and dragging them off into the woods. I was throwing away the last few pieces of bread that had been fogotten and gotten moldy. I was irritated because all these things could be making my garden better.

I searched the internet for inspiration on a do it yourself compost bin. I found a few that I was interested in making but between money and time I just couldn’t deal with them at the time. So I went to the hardware store and found a roll of hardware cloth (chicken wire would probably work too). I think it cost me all of $15. I got home took the entire roll, shaped it into a cylinder, and secured the shape with zip ties at the end of the cloth. Voila! A temporary compost bin to deal with the things I feel like turning into compost.

Some downsides:

  • Animals going over
  • Animals digging under
  • Probably wont do so well when the snow comes
  • No lid


  • Portability
  • Cost
  • Ability to lift up entire compost bin to get to compost
  • Cost allows you to have several

I’ll probably make at least one more more permanent compost bin before the snow flies again (here’s to hoping I didn’t jinx myself into a freak late April snow storm), but for my current needs it’s working out quite well for us.  Except for the animals going under, but I have some solutions for that.


1 Comment »

  1. This is a brilliant idea. I love it. I want to know if the animals tear it apart though.

    I think this may be the trick to get my pile started.


    Comment by Jes the Bes — April 23, 2009 @ 10:15 am

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