Thanks to Terminix for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions are my own.
One of the first things we did after buying a house almost 9 years ago was purchase a compost bin. We used it often, but over time (sometime in the past 18 months), we let it go. We stopped composting as much and this year we didn’t even pull the dirt out to use in the garden. Chalk it up to laziness – and the fact that our bin was quite literally coming apart at the seams. At the beginning of the summer, my husband declared the compost bin as one of the projects he and our son would take on. I just didn’t realize they were going to make one! Well, guess what? This DIY compost bin takes very little time and you may have all of the materials in your house to pull it together.
(Personally I love the label on the container lid – don’t put your kid in these containers, ok?)
What you need:
A large plastic bin (we ended up using a medium sized bin. We’ll probably make a second bin.)
Small rocks (for drainage on the bottom of the bin)
In the bottom of your container, drill 12 holes. Drill 12 holes in the top of your container (as seen in the photos.) Place shredded newspaper along the bottom, and top it with a layer of stones. We actually had rocks leftover from installing our mailbox 2 years ago. Good to finally use them again!
Add more shredded newspaper, and a layer of dirt. We took composted dirt from our old bin and transferred it to this one. Then we started tossing old food in! Since we did this over a weekend, there was a lot of food prep happening. Oh and we cleared out the refrigerator and tossed a lot of food into the container.
This container is now in the top corner of our yard – just above the garden. It’ll be super easy next year to transfer the dirt right into the garden. For now, I am adding to the container and will stir it up as needed.
I’m anxious to see how this is doing for us in another month, or into the fall. We’ll add leaves to it when they fall and keep stirring it. I love having it so close to the garden. Our old compost is on the opposite side of the yard, and wasn’t always the easiest to get dirt out of and into the garden. This is definitely easy access.
We’ve already cut down on SO much trash! I forgot how much we can actually compost versus throwing in the trash. Coffee grounds are the easiest thing to use, but all of the vegetables that go bad before we can eat them and egg shells (after washing, of course.) Next time I consider ditching the compost, remind me of this, ok?
Do you compost? What’s your favorite composting tip?