|Project by Olaf Gradin||posted 08-22-2008 07:11 PM||2189 views||11 times favorited||20 comments|
I have maintained a growing heap of compost in the back yard for a few years now. I had originally simply fenced off an area of 16 square feet with plastic chicken wire and T-Posts. Our dog was able to get in under the fence pretty easily to scavenge some tasty morsels out of the stinkin’ pile. I finally took a weekend to build a proper composting bin just recently.
I got the plans out of an outdoor projects magazine I had laying around. It’s essentially just a very small fenced in area with removable slats. I buried the posts 2’ (post-hole digging isn’t exactly a party) while keeping them [mostly] plumb and squared to each other. Then it’s a matter of attaching the rail and dropping 45° angled slats in. The hardest part of the whole project was digging holes. The next hardest was avoiding the grand diversity of creatures that had made this pile their home. Hornets, yellow jackets, and creepy-crawlies were abundant among them. It was the watermelon I threw in the heap that attracted so many hornets. A note to those that might try this project, you’re perhaps better off building it on fresh ground rather than attempting to build it around pre-existing compost!
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