3 Bin Compost

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Project by hjt posted 11-18-2009 06:10 AM 4750 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

06/2010 – just found more photos of this project – those during the build.

I got the plans on line after doing a “google” search for compost bins. I made this in 2007 and was my first project – a rather simple one at that. But two years later… it’s still standing!

The idea is that you put fresh items in the first bin and let it sit for 6 weeks or more as you add to it. We use all kitchen scraps except meat products, yard clippings, paper from the shredder, and of course saw dust. After 6 weeks or so (more in the cooler months) you turn the first bin into the second. During the next 6+ weeks you add fresh to bin one and again after 6 + weeks, you turn bin two into bin 3 and the first bin into the second. The third bin is the usable compost.

I’m going by memory, the unit is about 10’ long X 3’ deep so each bins are about 3 X 3.

My wife is very please and so is veggie garden.

If I had to do it all over again, I would not have placed it so close to the fence. I may pull all of the compost out after this summer and move it a little out.

-- Harold

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 06:32 AM

That looks like a great first project. Hope your garden loves it!

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 06:54 AM

Looks great. I have been searching for ideas on compost design

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 07:02 AM

that will doer

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 09:04 PM

Looks geat, what is the size of each bin?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 09:33 PM

That sounds like a great way to do it. I need to build one of those. I need to start one now so I’ll be ready for my spring planting.

-- Magnolia, Texas

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 12:08 AM

Excellent project. I have long wanted one of these, but not enough room.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 12:18 AM

Nice compost!

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#8 posted 11-19-2009 12:51 AM

I now added the dimension to the description.

-- Harold

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#9 posted 12-17-2009 06:52 PM

That’s a great looking compost bin Harold. I started using one earlier this year, but it’s a single and I can see the need for two more compartments. Do the front boards remove for ‘turning’?

Very clean construction – thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 12-17-2009 06:57 PM

Kirk – the front slats are removeable to make it easier to turn the compost from one bin to the next. I also physically turn the boards when I restack the slats (inside is now the outside.) This way they can all worp evenly.

-- Harold

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#11 posted 12-17-2009 07:01 PM

Nice work. If I do a garden this year, I may need to build one too.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 12-25-2009 03:06 AM

Very nice bins : ) Happy Holidays to you and yours : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 12:34 PM

Nice build. What type of wood is it?

-- Justin L :: Omaha, NE

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 11:20 PM

It’s pressure treated lumber. I contacted an expect in the gardening field Tom McCubbin (he is from the Central Florida – has several books out too) He told me that PT is fine for garden beds and the compost bin. However, he did tell not to use sawdust from PT wood in the compost and certainly not in the veggie beds.

-- Harold

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#15 posted 06-15-2010 04:35 AM

added two more photos

-- Harold

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