Are you tired of throwing away your food scraps and yard waste, only to have it end up in a landfill? Well, have no fear, because creating a DIY compost bin is here! Not only will it reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill, but it will also provide you with nutrient-rich soil for your garden.
First, let’s talk about what can go in your compost bin. Food scraps such as fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, and eggshells are all great additions. You can also add yard waste like leaves, grass clippings, and twigs. However, there are a few things you should avoid putting in your compost bin. Meat, dairy, and oils should be avoided, as they can attract pests and create unpleasant odors.
Now, on to the fun part: creating your compost bin. You can purchase a pre-made compost bin, but where’s the fun in that? By creating your own, you can personalize it to fit your backyard and budget. One easy and inexpensive option is to use a plastic storage container with holes drilled in the bottom and sides for proper aeration. Another option is to build a bin using wood pallets or cedar fencing. Not only will this provide proper aeration, but it will also add a touch of rustic charm to your backyard.
Once your bin is set up, it’s important to regularly turn the compost to add oxygen and speed up the decomposition process. A pitchfork or shovel works great for this task. It’s also important to keep the compost moist, but not too wet. You can do this by adding water as needed, or by covering the top of the compost with a tarp to retain moisture.
Now, the waiting game begins. Depending on the materials you’ve added and the temperature, it can take anywhere from a few months to a year for your compost to fully decompose. But trust me, the end result will be worth it. Not only will you have reduced your waste and helped the environment, but you will also have a rich soil amendment for your garden.
Composting is not only great for the environment but also for your wallet, you’ll save money on fertilizer and soil ammendments. Plus, it’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. And it’s also a fun hobby to do with family and friends. And when you’re done, you’ll have a rich, dark, nutrient-rich soil that will make your plants thrive.
Creating a DIY compost bin is a simple and satisfying way to reduce waste, improve your garden, and do your part for the environment. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start composting!