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Working as an environmental horticulture reddit assistant at one of my friends’ gardens in the country, I have become a certified expert in compost. It is all I know!
I remember being in awe of the amount of organic waste produced in my friend’s garden. The number of different insects and the amount of compost that was produced was incredible. It seemed like I was living a sci-fi movie and never once felt out of place.
As a kid, I spent a lot of my summers going to farms to help out with the animals, the plants, and also my grandparents garden. The fresh, sweet smelling, dirtiness of the gardens that I was constantly touching made a strong impression on me, and I have been fascinated with it ever since.
It makes sense that when the temperature is high, so is the decomposition process. At a certain temperature, organic material is able to break down by itself. This is known as the temperature/decomposition chart.
In order to successfully make compost, the temperature should be between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is higher than this, it is a very high heat and decomposition will not happen. It is a very good idea to keep the process cold with ice in the container and only add in the warm material when the process is very active. A good rule of thumb is to wait 6 weeks before adding in the material.
A compost bin is a great way to decompose organic material. As the name suggests, it is a closed container that can hold the compost material. It can be opened, but the compost in the bins can be scooped out and used right away. This is in contrast to an open pile that needs to be turned, stirred, and covered for decomposition to occur.
There are a variety of compost bins on the market. I highly recommend keeping your bin near a food disposal, as there is always food waste in the kitchen.
So, now you know what goes in a compost bin. The next step is learning how to build one!
Build a Compost Bin
Building a compost bin is simple and can easily be done with free or cheap materials. The most important aspect of building your compost bin is to choose a container that can withstand the temperature of the compost and is durable enough to be reused. The most popular type of compost bin is a food composting bin. I recommend using an older, well-used plastic to build your compost bin.
Materials You Will Need:
Large plastic bags
Old plastic food containers
Old wooden or metal crates
A plastic auger
Plastic sheeting (optional)
Tools You Will Need:
Old paint brushes
Scrap lumber for sides and lid
Metal scraps to build lids
How to Build a Compost Bin
Start by cutting the old plastic bag in half and rolling it into a tube. The plastic auger should go down the center of the tube and into the old food bin. Secure the tube with tape to ensure that it does not fall out of the bin. Cut the top off the tube and remove the plastic bag. Repeat the process with the other plastic bag to create a second tube.
Next, you’ll need to cut your plastic containers. A full food bin is usually about 6″ deep, so you’ll want two containers that are about 4″ and two that are about 6″ deep. Once you have the plastic containers, remove the lids and cut the bottoms off the sides of the boxes. Flip the containers and drill holes at the top, middle, and bottom of the box. This allows the liquid to drain. Then, cut out the corner pieces and drill new holes in the top.
After the bottom is finished, you can get started on the sides. Drill holes for the lids on both sides and remove the lids. Drill a hole on each side. This ensures that the bottom of the food container drains well. After the sides are done, you’ll need to drill new holes for the top. Drill a hole for the spout on one end and add a hole in the side of the box on the other end. After drilling the holes for the spout, drill a pilot hole. It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle. If the spout breaks in the bin, you’ll still have a pretty cool looking thing. After drilling, you’ll need to add some nails into the pilot holes. Screws will work just fine.
Once the boards are finished, add the lids and paint the whole thing. You can make this as fancy or as simple as you like. You’ll need to take measurements so that you can get the right size container. The lids should be long enough to cover the top of the box and fit over the sides.
I don’t recommend making the spout long or getting too fancy. The spout will get covered with food and the spout will probably break. The lid can also be tricky because you have to fit it over the top of the box. I’d recommend just leaving it plain and adding food and a nice spout design. Add your lid and you have a perfectly cool food storage container that you can buy at any store that sells plastic storage bins. If you make one yourself, then you’ll be sure that your food is getting all the air circulation it needs.
It can get a bit frustrating when you’re trying to make your own food storage containers. I’ve had some of the best times of my life making and building things out of wood. I’m pretty sure that there’s something out there for everyone.