How To Make Your Own Compost Bin
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How to Make Your Own Compost Bin

There are many gardening techniques that can be used to grow all sorts of fruit-baring plants. You can use your garden or you can have your own indoor green heaven. You can plant potatoes in different ways, look after tiny citrus trees or grow asparagus. You can even grow the most mouth-watering grapes in a hot house. However, none of this projects will succeed if you don't compost your greens. There are some farms that sell manure or you can buy some from the local gardening center. On the other hand, you can make your own compost bin and produce organic plant food right from your dinner leftovers.

Compost is the best source of organic materials and nutrients that your garden plants need. Spring is the best time to make your own organic degradable food for your foliage. This is a hundred times better then commercial fertilizers and cheaper too. Here's how to make your own compost bin:

You will need:

  • Wood pieces or an old pallet.
  • Hammer and nails
  • Draining material
  • Old carpet or tarpaulin
  • Garden manure
  • Fresh manure
  • Soil

How to Make

Choose a place in your garden for the DIY compost bin. Clear the desired spot and you can begin to assemble the bin. Pick up the wooden pieces or dissemble the pallet. You need to hammer in to the ground four "sticks" in to the ground. They will be the foundation of the frame of the compost box. The next thing to do is make the surrounding walls. You can do it with the rest of the wooden boards or you can use wire mesh. It's better to use the wood, since the compost can leak through the holes of the mesh. Just make sure you make the front of the compost bin easy to open.

After you finish with the building part, it's time to fill the new compost box. The first thing to go in is the drainage material. You can use straws, twigs or thin branches. Next, make a layer of garden waste, fruit and vegetable leftovers from your kitchen. You can pour some water on it if it's too dry. You can make a new layer of drainage material and then add waste again. Think of it as compost sandwich. Don't forget to spread manure on each the "sandwich" parts. Also, make sure that everything is packed tight, because compost needs heat. This will aid the spread of different fungi and bacteria that help break down all this organic material.

The last step is to cover the whole thing with the old carpet or tarpaulin. Let everything in your garden compost bin rot for the next two or three months. When you want to use some of it on your plants just open the front, take some compost and close it again. You can add more compost materials when you feel like it. You can also occasionally bring the whole pile out of the bin, mix it a bit with a rake or a shovel, and then put it back inside. This adds air and speeds up the rotting process.

There are certain thing that can be used for composting and other that definitely can't go inside your organic compost bin. Some gardening experts share what can be composted what not.

What Can Be Used:

  • Shredded paper (but not the one used to make magazines), pure cotton and wool fabrics
  • Raw fruits and vegetables, peelings, and tea bags
  • Weeds, fallen leaves, soft twigs and branches, cut grass
  • Old or dead plants, but not sick ones

What Can't Be used:

  • Hard wood materials and thick branches
  • Brussels sprouts stems (you need to cut them in small pieces)
  • Synthetic products and materials
  • Processed foods
  • Meat and bone leftovers
  • Diseased plants
  • Soil pests
  • Weeds with seed heads
  • Roots of perennial plants and weeds
  • Dog and cat waste

Follow these easy steps and make your own compost bin for gardening purposes. Once you begin to produce your organic fertilizer, you will see how much time and money you can save. Don't forget that your fruits and vegetables will taste better and will be free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. Just don't add too much compost and mulch at the same time. This can backfire and your plants might wither and die from too much composting.

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