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February 22, 2010

Compost Bin Rebuild

Last year we put together a compost bin using 1x6's and it was quite an endeavor. By the end of the growing season we had lost a side so we started to rethink our design. Just in-case you're a beginning gardener and you are not familiar with the word compost, our friends at Wikipedia define it as such:
Compost (pronounced /ˈkɒmpɒst/ or US /ˈkɒmpoʊst/) is a combination of decomposed plant and animal materials and other organic materialsthat are being decomposed largely through aerobic decomposition into a rich black soil. The process of composting is simple and practiced by individuals in their homes, farmers on their land, and industrially by industries and cities.  Compost soil is very rich soil and used for many purposes. A few of the places that it is used are in gardenslandscapinghorticulture, andagriculture. The compost soil itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost soil is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill cover (see compost uses).

Basically, we are creating nutrient rich dirt and need a new container to create this new dirt for awesome vegetables and flowers in the garden. The other day while researching I came across some super ideas for the rebuild of our bin. First off we only had one "stall" compost bin. This did not allow for us to have easy access to completed compost which was a pain to dig through and utilize. This spring we are contemplating a couple different builds that include using delivery pallets for the sides instead of our elaborate cut by cut design. Also, we will be adding one or two more sections to our design so we have a starter pile, active cooking pile, and an empty area for the sifted final product. I will be sure to add pictures of our current system and pictures of our progress as we work to build our new system. If you are interested in how this can work in your garden check out the following links.