Turning under an old leaf

The compost bin that I built in the early 90s had given me a lot of service, but it has been disintegrating more each year, and I was starting to worry what the neighbours were thinking about the eyesore.

Old compost bin

There are a lot of different ways to design compost bins. I built this one slightly tapered from bottom to top so with a bit of grunting it can be heaved off the contents, which are then forked back in. A regular turning will speed up the process, but even with only one or two turnings each year, our vegetable table scraps (no meat or milk products), grass clippings and leaves are transformed into a rich soil improver.

Our new compost bin uses basically the same design. The lumber came from Habitat For Humanity’s RE-Store. A coat of old fence stain to pretty it up, and it’s at work transforming our garden waste by the magical process we call rot.

New compost bin

3 Responses to “Turning under an old leaf”

  1. randall says:

    Now that’s one sharp looking Compose container.

    nice job Phil.

    (You could probably get a job as a carpender in this tradeless city!

  2. Marc says:

    We started composting this summer. I tried turning my compost last week and it was HEAVY. Not sure if there’s an easier way to do it. Maybe I should do what you did: lift the box and move it and shovel the compost back in.

  3. Shirley says:

    I have never composted even though I know I should. Fortunately, here in the country, I can just go into the bush and dig endless supplies of beautiful leaf mold. Better than peat moss any day!