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. He came up with this brilliant idea of making a triple compost bin... one to get going, one in progress, and the other for when I needed compost material for the garden. It took him a total of about 8 hours. I was ecstatic with the finish product...
And now, I want another triple. In the works for next year. But he says he will build me a "growing my stuff" kinda bin, and leave the real composts do their work... yeh is all I can say. Stay tuned :)
Oh, it's also not only used for composting, but to also grow left over bulbs that I don't plant in the Spring. Results are amazing :)
Step 1: Triple Compost Bin in the Works
This compost project was not planned...it was a "think as you go" kinda thing.
He started with the frame and worked it from there. Measured to the size he wanted as he went. Approximately 36" high, 36' deep, and 30" wide per section.
The material for the main body was 2" x 6" by whatever length was available. 2"x2" balusters were used as guides for the removable front sections as well as handles for the lifting doors at the bottom edge of each section. Fasteners were predominantly 2 1/2 galvanized screws.
Step 2: Triple Compost Bin in the Works
And so the sides went in.
At the bottom front of the bins, he made a two board opener (for each bin) to be able to get the compost out. He actually made them with a handle... they slide upwards to easily get to the compost.
Step 3: Triple Compost Bin
Then the front boards went in... four of them for each bin. Every front board comes out by sliding it upward... one at a time. This makes it easy to turn the compost depending on its depth.
Step 4: Triple Compost Bin... the Reward!!!
Every spring, I plant my cannas, dahlias, and other. The bulbs I do not want, I put in the compost bin. Here are a few pics of the results :)) Ya gotta love it :)
Step 5: Triple Compost Bin... My Other Ones...
These are my other two compost bins, which I also fill with leftover bulbs... plus a few squash seeds cause they love it there :)