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Constructing a Compost Bin

A simple compost bin can be made from staggered concrete blocks Any enclosure may be used for making compost, though it should allow for good air entry. Concrete blocks may be stacked and staggered, wire mesh and snow fencing work well, snowmobile tracks can be staked out to form a good container, and barrels and garbage cans can be amply perforated to ensure an adequate oxygen supply. You could even buy one, though it needn't be any better than home-grown.

An ideal compost bin is one to two cubic yards in size. Bigger and you won't be able to turn the pile; smaller piles don't heat as well. Place the heap in a sheltered part of the garden, in a site that is well-drained.

Side-by-side bins allow for quicker, more efficient composting. One is used for slowly degrading material, the other for partially processed and quickly composting materials, loaded every two to four weeks, or however long it takes to produce a new batch of compost. A third bin is often added, or you may find one bin is all you need.

wooden compost bin

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