Instructables: exploring - workshop - compost - featured Fri, 3 Jul 2015 01:15:27 PDT BLOX v1.01 Simple Stackable Compost Bin from Pallets Collars
Simple Stackable Compost Bin from Pallets Collars - More DIY How To Projects]]> mtairymd This is the easiest project I’ve ever written about. Going through my local pallet stack, I noticed pallets with hinges. I had never seen this type of pallet in the stack so I grabbed a few. After a little research, I found out they are called Pallet Collars and are used to add sides to a pallet. Th...
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Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:09:07 PDT
5 Minute, 5 Dollar Worm Farm
5 Minute, 5 Dollar Worm Farm - More DIY How To Projects]]> beamerpook Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is like regular composting, but super-powered! It has all the benefits of regular composting, like reducing garbage and providing an organic fertilizer, PLUS several advantages: works much, much faster can be done on a small scale (traditional composting i...
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Wed, 3 Jun 2015 19:42:34 PDT
Compost Tea for Hydroponics and More...
Compost Tea for Hydroponics and More... - More DIY How To Projects]]> bitsandbots These instructions are for encouraging living beneficial bacterial to take-up residence in your plant's roots.NOT RECOMMENDED FOR STERILE HYDROPONICSTo begin your compost tea, you must start with a good compost. Best results come from the Ancient Forest ready-made compost from gardening centers, but...
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Mon, 4 May 2015 11:02:22 PDT
Compost Sensor
Compost Sensor - More DIY How To Projects]]> kinasmith Introduction This is a tutorial on building a Compost Temperature monitoring system. It details how to build a web connected wireless sensor network and shows one possible way it could be constructed. A Medium level of knowledge and skills are required. Basic knowledge of soldering and breadboar...
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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:15:53 PDT
How-To: Customize Your Compost Bin
How-To: Customize Your Compost Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> MyFixitUpLife Compost bins are a perfect way to re-utilize all those kitchen and yard scraps for a new purpose, to help create a more gorgeous garden.When we built our compost bin, we decided to create a simple, yet custom design that fits in perfectly with our yard and style. Detail We added a little detail t...
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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:06:07 PDT
$2 DIY compost thermometer build
$2 DIY compost thermometer build - More DIY How To Projects]]> afraser-kruck Here are some basic instructions on how to build a $2 compost thermometer using readily available supplies. It looks crappy (in a good rustic kind of way), but works great and uses few materials.You really don't need to read this... I like this design because it's pretty functional, reaches the corr...
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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:43:03 PDT
Compost Heating System
Compost Heating System - More DIY How To Projects]]> katrinaspade The Pain Mound is a large pile of woody biomass, aka mulch. Invented by French farmer Jean Pain in the 1970s, it is made of woodchips and sawdust, surrounded by a ring of hay bales for structure and insulation. As the Pain Mound decomposes, heat is produced and harnessed using a hydronic loop. The...
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Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:10:20 PDT
LARGE, EASY TO BUILD WORM COMPOSTER - More DIY How To Projects]]> Korneel De Viaene WHAT Today's worm composters are small and made to be placed inside your home. For a school project on 'Urban Gardening' we were given the task to build a real big worm composter that could be used for neighborhood composting in allotment gardens. This instructable contains the concept we worked ...
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Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:51:03 PDT
Recycling coffee grounds, a Cradle to cradle system Clotilde_Destrebecq Did you know that coffee grounds could be used in your compost? Coffee grounds are an excellent garden helper, they can be directly applied on the ground or used in compost.The grounds contain useful amounts of phosphorus, potassium, minor amounts of calcium, magnesium, copper and other trace miner...
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Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:39:15 PDT
Mr. Compost: How to make an in-kitchen compost turbocharger!
Mr. Compost: How to make an in-kitchen compost turbocharger! - More DIY How To Projects]]> eecharlie Mr. Compost is an appliance which heats and agitates food scraps collected in your kitchen. This accelerates decomposition before you put the compost outside (in a worm bin or compost pile) to finish breaking down. My own goal was to build something that would break things down enough that once tran...
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Sun, 19 Jul 2009 20:18:57 PDT
The strangest wooden compost box ever.
The strangest wooden compost box ever. - More DIY How To Projects]]> cart562 So my friend and his family had just moved into their new home not too long ago, and his aunt wanted us to build a compost box for a garden this spring. I like to help out with what I can so I went over there and the adventure began. This is just another way to make a compost bin that is probably a...
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Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:00:02 PDT
Compost Tumbler
Compost Tumbler - More DIY How To Projects]]> runnoutt This is another easy project. It will provide great nutrients for our garden and less waste in our garbage... Tools - Parts Parts came to be around $40. That's $10 for the barrel.. Connecting - Cutting I cut the wood 5' long and 4' high. Perfect Fit So the reason I made it so tall and wide ...
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Mon, 7 Sep 2009 17:01:34 PDT
Dog Waste Digester Bin
Dog Waste Digester Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> erich_870 Having a dog and little kids means there is a lot of dog poo to be picked up to keep the yard clean and the kids safe from illness and parasites. I decided to use an old HDPE barrel to build a dog waste digester.  I'll place the dog poo in the digester and add bacteria from time to time to break the...
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Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:12:28 PDT
How to Build Cheap Compost Bins
How to Build Cheap Compost Bins - More DIY How To Projects]]> Charlescar For those of you who are interested in little monetary investment with a lushous garden amendmant as the result look no further.  I am here to show you how to build a super cheap compost bin system!  This 3-bin system is great for people who have a little bit of extra space in their yard to spare an...
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Tue, 1 Jun 2010 23:28:15 PDT
Free composter for beginners
Free composter for beginners - More DIY How To Projects]]> aaahotdog This project was entirely made of discarded items.   My only expense was the gorilla glue used. First you will have to salvage the following from the curb or recycling center. 1. A 5 gallon bucket with lid 2. Nylon screen from discarded window or door 3. Black spray paint 4. A short piece of 2x...
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Mon, 7 May 2012 00:26:32 PDT
Compost at lightning speed with a bucket worm farm!
Compost at lightning speed with a bucket worm farm! - More DIY How To Projects]]> calskin Using worms to eat your food scraps is a great way to make use of almost all of your food.  Red wigglers seem to work the best since they're so active.  One pound of worms can eat up to half a pound of food per day! In this instructable I will show you how to create a slick looking worm bin which w...
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Fri, 4 May 2012 11:04:21 PDT
The Complete Vegan Compost
The Complete Vegan Compost - More DIY How To Projects]]> Attila-RT Hello! This is a tutorial on how to establish a very rich vegan compost in under 5-6 months. This tutorial will cover the elements necessary to renew and revive your soil, possibilities of accomplishing a closed-loop composting system, and how to build a complete compost without the need for animal ...
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Wed, 2 May 2012 17:57:18 PDT
Compost Barrel
Compost Barrel - More DIY How To Projects]]> bqbowden I like to recycle my pots of soil after the growing season. I have been using a plastic trash can to store and compost my potting soil, but it does not allow me to rotate the mix as I add organic material (leaves, grass clippings, etc.). I have seen several compost barrels on the Instructables site...
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Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:11:21 PST
Wood Frame Compost Bin
Wood Frame Compost Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> mir_arnold Here's an instructable for creating your own wood framed, bottom access compost bin. It's worked great for our family for going on six years now, and it is fairly low maintenance. Materials List Here's the list of materials needed: (6) 2x4 x 8' Boards (2) 2x6 x 8' Boards (8) 1x4 x 8' Cedar Board...
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Sat, 19 Feb 2011 16:20:56 PST
Madeleine's Compost Bin
Madeleine's Compost Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> arcraven Yes, there are plenty of compost bins on Instructables, but I wasn't satisfied with the looks of them and had specific lumber to use up from building a deck. These compost bins measure 3' by 3' by 2' tall. The front stiles are removable by sliding them up, making it easy to fork or shovel the compos...
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Wed, 9 Nov 2011 19:21:53 PST
Wheelie Bin Composter
Wheelie Bin Composter - More DIY How To Projects]]> PicRic This blog details what I did to make a compost bin from a disused wheelie bin. My motivation was wanting to recycle garden and vegetable waste but not wanting to spend money on an expensive compost bin from the hardware store. I happened to have an unused wheelie bin taking up space in the garage an...
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Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:57:43 PDT
Triple Compost Bin
Triple Compost Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> MissDaisy Two Falls ago, we had two decks redone. Having a ready supply of recycled materials from the previous decks, I told my husband that I wanted a "very large" compost bin to pile my garden cut backs in the Fall. And so he went to work. Not knowing what he would do, he started tackling it step by step....
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Sun, 28 Aug 2011 16:32:59 PDT
Trommel Compost Sifter
Trommel Compost Sifter - More DIY How To Projects]]> SteveGerber This Instructable shows how to build a trommel (rotary screen) for sifting compost or shredded leaves. The purpose of sifting is to separate coarse unfinished compost materials from the finished product or to separate out trash and debris from other organic materials before use in the garden. My c...
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Mon, 30 Jun 2008 09:29:00 PDT
Building a forced air composting system
Building a forced air composting system - More DIY How To Projects]]> vespaskank These build instructions assume you already have a static compost pile that you’re trying to renovate or already have an understanding of composting or understand how to build a static compost pile. There are a ton of very good resources on why aerating your compost is beneficial and they’re complet...
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Sat, 6 Aug 2011 21:23:07 PDT
Compost Screen
Compost Screen - More DIY How To Projects]]> noahw This is an instructable for how to build a simple compost screen out of redwood and hardware cloth that can be used to sift foreign objects out of your compost or potting soil. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble and can weather the elements outside. Materials The compost screen is built from:...
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Thu, 24 May 2007 13:36:06 PDT
How to make a Raised bed Garden
How to make a Raised bed Garden - More DIY How To Projects]]> coolbeansbaby68  I  first got this idea from a older couple i know. I just wanted it bigger. My ground has a lot of clay in it so i built up my first garden about 10 inches off the ground.My parents are getting older so i thought i would make them a smaller one so they wouldn't have to bend over a lot . It sure is ...
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Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:27:14 PDT
Chicken-Powered Three-Stage Compost Bin
Chicken-Powered Three-Stage Compost Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> mcraghead Chickens are way better than people at composting: they have unlimited patience, pre-installed garden-tool feet, integrated nitrogen/potassium/phosphorus dispensers, and an insatiable urge to scratch. So why not put them to work? Interested parties are encouraged to Google the benefits of a three-s...
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Sun, 22 May 2011 23:20:22 PDT
BUZZ-OFF Fertilizer 1-2-3 easy Steps! cloudifornia My wife keeps BUGGING me about the need to recycle.  I do think I deserve extra points because this simple fertilizer is all natural, 100% organic, biodegradable and I did NOT touch her food processor to make it. No insects were harmed or killed for this instructable. They all died from the natura...
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Tue, 17 May 2011 18:10:56 PDT
Rodent Resistant Composter
Rodent Resistant Composter - More DIY How To Projects]]> mollyd This is the easiest and cheapest composter design we've come up with for keeping rodents out of our compost.  We made the traditional compost bin out of pallets but rats crawled through since we didn't line it with mesh.  Instead of building another pallet bin and lining it with mesh, we skipped the...
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Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:43:41 PDT
Wet compost using yeast or lactic fermentation (was Sustainable Slug Beer)
Wet compost using yeast or lactic fermentation (was Sustainable Slug Beer) - More DIY How To Projects]]> gaiatechnician This project has forked in several directions. I am currently fermenting dandylions (with a lactic fermentation) to produce gas bubbles to circulate water to plants. (This is called the biofueled pump)  When the fermentation is over, the fermented leaves and stems are then squished to try to get the...
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Sun, 19 Jul 2009 12:44:36 PDT
compost bin
compost bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> ic517 I've seen a few compost bin designs online and took a little from each one and came up with this. you can take yard clipping ,leaves and kitchen scraps. any organic material will work ,just never put meat in a compost bin. when its done cooking you have nutrient rich soil that you can use for all ki...
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Sun, 20 Jul 2008 14:46:42 PDT
Easy watering strawberry planter
Easy watering strawberry planter - More DIY How To Projects]]> tim_n We English love our strawberries and cream... Strawberries are incredibly easy to grow and are technically not berries. The summer is coming and now is the time to plant them! (Yes now!) Strawberry planters are great for several reasons - fruit is easier to see and pick - a big boon for the aged ...
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Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:29:02 PDT
Multi-Layer Vermiculture Bin
Multi-Layer Vermiculture Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> kmh182 The following is a step-by-step process in building and maintaining your own worm compost system. Getting Started Acquire all materials and create small workplace out of doors.   Materials List: Two plastic bins, one with lid. (You should assess how much compost you will generate on a monthly...
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Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:28:12 PDT
The Anyone Garden
The Anyone Garden - More DIY How To Projects]]> Dantron Hello world! This is my first instructable and first real garden experiment, I hope you enjoy my garden and find my experiences (and difficulties) helpful. My overall goal for you is to have created an instructable that anyone, with no garden knowledge, could pick up and grow some delicious foods fr...
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Sat, 18 Jul 2009 23:56:54 PDT
Making Compost Tea
Making Compost Tea - More DIY How To Projects]]> realety Compost tea is a liquid solution or suspension made by steeping compost in water. It is used as both a fertilizer and in attempts to prevent plant diseases. Compost tea is made by steeping compost in water for a variable period (24-48 hours), then applying the liquid undiluted as a spray to plant pa...
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Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:14:38 PDT
Recycled Garden Bunting
Recycled Garden Bunting - More DIY How To Projects]]> Fluffymuppet Decorate your garden, house or fete with personalized bunting made from recycled paper. Materials needed To make your bunting you will need suitable pieces of paper (the paper shown in the photo is recycled packing paper; old large envelopes also have nice strong paper), a straight edge and a pai...
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Sat, 11 Jul 2009 03:04:35 PDT
The Worm-A-Rater
The Worm-A-Rater - More DIY How To Projects]]> coopdaddi Having a vegetarian wife means we produce a whole lot of bio-waste. We decided to try our hand at organic gardening and that led me to vermi-posting (using worms to produce compost ). I started out with just a simple plastic box but soon found that we were producing more than the box would hold and ...
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Thu, 4 Jun 2009 13:07:39 PDT
compost tumbler
compost tumbler - More DIY How To Projects]]> kingcusson this compost tumbler is portable it is also my first instructable get a barrel find a barrel with a lid you can get one at get tools a materials Materials- barrel- plywood about the size of the barrel- 3 sets of skateboard wheels- 2 L brackets- a handle- 2 small blocks of wood bi...
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Fri, 22 May 2009 07:27:28 PDT
Yet Another Compost Tumbler
Yet Another Compost Tumbler - More DIY How To Projects]]> TimAnderson A compost tumbler is the stomach of the compost digestion system. It aerates and mixes the compost so the the bacteria reach the new stuff quickly. This one is a barrel that pivots on a horizontal axle. Every time you throw in new compost, turn the thing over.I built one because the rich food wast...
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Mon, 6 Apr 2009 15:51:11 PDT
Pallet Compost Bin
Pallet Compost Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> kootsman Going green and creating your own compost bin isn't as hard as you might think. All those grass clippings, plant prunings, and other yard stuff is easily recycled into compost. The project is simple. You need pallets, wire (to bind them together), some simple tools, and any extra hardware you would...
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Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:33:58 PDT
How to create a community garden
How to create a community garden - More DIY How To Projects]]> strambeer I am one of many volunteers in the grass roots, non-profit organization, Earth's Promise. This past year we created an organic community garden with the Ethiopian community of Beer Sheva, Israel. Our garden is called the "Building Strong Roots" community garden, located in the Gimmel Neighborhoo...
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Tue, 17 Feb 2009 04:22:55 PST
Drum Garbage Can Composter
Drum Garbage Can Composter - More DIY How To Projects]]> jraufman I wanted to try making one of the many DIY drum composters posted on the site but was having a hard time finding a food-grade 55 gallon industrial barrel here in Brooklyn, so I substituted a relatively cheap garbage can. Assemble materials You're going to need a couple of 2x4's, lots of wood scre...
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Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:41:23 PST
Compost tumbler on a stand
Compost tumbler on a stand - More DIY How To Projects]]> dbinvt Create an effective and sturdy compost tumbler in 1 - 2 hours, with little out of pocket cost. These tumblers were built using materials I had lying around the house, and from items obtained through Freecycle. The only out of pocket expense was for the conduit/pipe brackets (less than $5 for the t...
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Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:46:00 PST
Compost Tumbler
Compost Tumbler - More DIY How To Projects]]> andrewtmeyer This is my first attempt at an instructable and my first attempt at making a compost tumbler. The research I've done on different compost bins leads me to believe this style works best. 55 gal. barrels / drums This seems to be the toughest step for DIY'ers trying to make a compost tumbler. Wh...
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Sun, 5 Oct 2008 20:42:28 PDT
twin compost bin
twin compost bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> camp6ell this is a year-round, easily-dismantlable and movable composting bin. It has two compartments: one for matured compost, and one for fresh vegetable waste. you can let your compost mature for one year while you fill the other compartment; come spring, you then use the ripe compost in the planting of ...
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Sun, 4 Nov 2007 11:56:08 PST
Mini Wooden Portable Compost Bin
Mini Wooden Portable Compost Bin - More DIY How To Projects]]> Brennn10 Today we will make a portable compost bin, which can be placed anywhere in your yard. You can rotate this to different spot in your yard and produce healthy soil. If you plan on planting a plant or a tree in certain spot, place this mini compost bin on that spot so it produces a healthy soil to sta...
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Sun, 6 Apr 2008 08:17:59 PDT
Double-Decker Drum Composter
Double-Decker Drum Composter - More DIY How To Projects]]> iPodGuy Composting is easy and fun. Kitchen scraps, leaves and lawn clippings are allowed to decompose naturally and they become a healthy, nutrient-rich and beneficial soil for the garden.In this instructable, I will show how I made a spinning double drum composter to make soil for my garden. Making the...
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Sun, 30 Mar 2008 12:07:32 PDT
Pentagon Composter
Pentagon Composter - More DIY How To Projects]]> TimAnderson This is the simplest and quickest compost bin to build.The necessary materials can be obtained for free anywhere.I designed this with The Pentagon in mind, as a way for our armed forces to deal with their organic waste without burning or trucking it, both of which expose our troops to harm.Setup and...
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Sat, 12 Jan 2008 18:34:05 PST
Organic feriliser from kitchen refuse
Organic feriliser from kitchen refuse - More DIY How To Projects]]> radiorental Using everyday organic kitchen refuse I'll go over a couple of ways you can distribute the left-over matter in to the garden. Essentially re-using waste from the kitchen to make food.If you dont already compost, what you'll need is a way to collect all the stuff you'd normally throw in the thrash. ...
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Sun, 19 Aug 2007 20:09:24 PDT
Composter (Drum Style)
Composter (Drum Style) - More DIY How To Projects]]> jdlink This composter rotates so that compost matter can breathe (which should also minimize odor) and break down a little faster. I created this prototype in about 2-3 hours. This project applies the fine art of meatball carpentry--emphasis on function NOT aesthetics. The materials should run about $10-$...
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Wed, 8 Aug 2007 12:56:10 PDT