September 27: make your own compost bin

I’ve wanted a compost bin for a long time now but I’ve avoided getting one. My yard is not that big so an above ground compost would be not only be an eyesore but also a smell emitter and a rodent attraction. The full spinning barrel composters solve the rodent and smell problem but they start at $100 for under 50lts.

A post I saw on Pinterest has solved all my problems. Make my own!!!

Step one: buy a metal garbage can. This is harder than you think since we live in a plastic world and many places don’t carry the classics anymore. Save yourself useless trips and call ahead.

Step two: Get your drill. If like me, you don’t have one go out and buy one. I did no research whatsoever but saw a 50% off sale and couldn’t resist.

Step three: drill about 30 Holes in the bottom and sides (about 1/3rd of the way up) the holes will allow microbes and worms into your composter. This will speed up the decomposition process. Choose your drill bit carefully.

If you choose the wrong drill bit like I did, this happens. My bad!

Next tip: make sure your drill is going the right way. This seems like a simple thing however I was using mine in reverse. The fact that I got this many holes done is more impressive than embarrassing:

Step four: dig a hole.

Step five: get yourself a drink, digging a hole is hard work!

Step six: put your garbage can in the hole. It should be about 1/2 to 2/3rds underground. Burying it ensures it’s below the frost line so it decomposes all winter and keeps it as out of sight as you want it to be. Backfill the hole and put a shallow layer of dirt in the bottom.


Next you can add some fruit/vegetable scraps. The lid keeps smells and insects at bay. If it starts to smell inside be sure to add a layer of dried leaves or grasses.
Step seven: celebrate your successful work with another drink.

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