Why pay for an expensive composter when you can make a Cheap and Easy DIY Compost Bin? Once you make one, you’ll be making another!
If you are a gardener and you aren’t composting yet…well you’re missing out my friend. Composting make yard and kitchen waste into black gold. But I know that buying a composter can be pricey – but I’m going to solve that right now! You can make a DIY compost bin cheap and easy! I had the can and the drill so this project was free for me. But you can find these plastic trash cans on sale; I got mine for $13 at Home Depot a year ago.
DIY Compost Bin
1 32-gallon plastic trash can
1 Drill bit 3/8th to 1/2 inch
Steps to create your DIY Compost Bin
- It is simple as drilling rows of holes into your trash can. I did each row about 6 to 8 inches apart and each hole about 2 to 3 inches apart. I didn’t measure and I wasn’t worried about it all being perfectly even. But your compost needs to breath. Remember that compost is full of living things that nee air to live and complete your compost.
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- Make sure you get all the plastic junk out of the holes and your can…who wants that in their compost? Yuck.
- Drill your lid. If you plan to roll your can to mix it then you might not want to do this. My holes are only 3/8 of an inch and I’m not worried about a little coming out if we decide to roll it. But I’m more of a shovel mixer anyway…
- Fill and wait for the magic to happen. My hope is to have 4 – 6 of these smaller composters. Small piles will breakdown faster than a larger pile and I’ll have one ready while I am filling the others up.
- Don’t forget to keep your compost watered; those microbes need water too. But don’t drown it! Here my youngest is giving our larger compost bin a little drink.
Check out my post on 10 things you never want to compost!