DIY Compost Bin Plans

Compost bins don't have to be unsightly or difficult to build. Try these DIY compost bin plans for a structure that looks great while it produces compost for your garden.

March 2015
By Chris Peterson and Philip Schmidt

Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency

Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency (Cold Springs Press, 2014), by Chris Peterson and Philip Schmidt, shows you exactly how to build dozens of projects for a self-sufficient lifestyle, with beautiful photos and complete plans for each. Four categories—Food Prep & Preservation, Homestead, Garden and Animals—cover a broad range on popular projects, often with a creative touch or two to make them easier to build or more efficient to use.

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When it’s time to get serious about composting, a multiple-bin system is the way to go. They’re designed to produce a large volume of compost in a short time. The idea is to develop a nice, big heap in one bin, then start turning it over by shoveling it into the neighboring bin, then back to the first bin, and so on. Turning greatly speeds decomposition (plus, it gives you a little exercise in the process). Depending on the compost materials, turning is recommended every 5 to 10 days. A two-bin composter lets you flip the heap back and forth between bins until the compost is ready, then you can store it one bin and use the other bin to start building the next heap.