How to make a vertically stacked composter using milkcrates.
This instructable is based on Terracotta home composter by artworker
and the creators of the terracotta composter, Daily Dump (http://www.dailydump.org/ )
When I saw the terracotta composter, I though it was the most brilliant composter I have ever seen. It was also absolutely beautiful. I saw some problems however. First, the price for terracotta pots this size is expensive (my favorite budget is 0$, so that didn't quite work...). Second, the amount of work to find the pots that will stack well, make the holes without breaking the pots, the fragility of terracotta, and the weight of it was against this lovely project.
Then I though of the perfect substitute, a milkcrate! It stacks perfectly, has plently of air circulation, is sturdy, has handles to lift them easily, light weight, low cost. All you needed is 3 milkcrates, mesh/screen, newspaper, a lid, and a base if it's not resting on the earth directly.
The only down is the aesthetic of it, the terracotta pots are so beautiful. But the milkcrates has their own charm, especially in my urban surrounded garden.
So here's my milkcrate composter!
Step 1: you will need
-plastic or metal mesh/screen, or weed barrier fabric
-hot glue gun
-screws (preferably rust proof)
-old drawer handles
-and organic waste to start your compost
To make this project, all the material I used were either found, reused, or I had it already at home, so the total budget was a wonderful 0$!