Introduction: Cheasy (Cheap and Easy) Compost Bin
Back yard looked like pasture.
People coming over next day. (People that don't know I'm a slob.)
Opposed to carting off compostable lawn refuse.
I needed a compost bin and fast.
Instant Decomp Nirvana: $10 bucks and 50 minutes from the time I pulled out of the driveway until I was actually filling the bin.
I purchased Yard Guard Plastic Garden Fence 40" X 25' from Home Depot for just under $10. Everything else I had on hand in my garage.
2 @ 2X4 scraps cut to 40"
Some staples and a staple gun - not a desk stapler
2 @ 18" small synthetic rope
Power drill with bit big enough to make a hole to pass the rope
Scissor or knife to cut the fencing
I used about 16' of the fence. Any smaller the compost magic doesn't happen quite right as there is too much surface area to dry the compost. Cut yours to size - desired diameter times pi on a calculator will result in the required length.
Staple the fencing to the 2X4 at each end. Take care not to cut into plastic fence.
Drill a hole in each 2X4 near top and bottom so that holes align when boards are placed side by side.
Pass rope though holes and tie with a square knot.
Alternate layers of green, moist plant material with "browns" (leaves, manure, wood shaving, etc.) Whenever you're ready to turn the compost just untie the ropes, move the bin over 6 feet and fill it again adding water as needed as you go.
* Although unsightly, the orange safety fence used on construction sites would probably work great for this. If you dive dumpsters you have a readily available free supply. Just don't make it where you can see it from my house. : )
* It was a bit floppy at first but once I got the first foot or so filled it stood well enough. Stapling a few intermediate supports would have helped. I just mounded some material in the center before placing the enclosure and pushed it against the sides to hold it in place.
* When you're not using the bin, roll it up in a corner of your garage or garden shed.
* Baling wire or zip ties would work fine in place of rope.