Make a Simple Compost Bin for Your Own Organic Matter

Sure, you can buy a compost bin, but if you have an open spot that gets sun yet is out of the way, setting up a homemade one is easy. Plan for your bin to be about 4 feet in diameter; smaller piles don't heat up well, slowing decomposition.

Use about four wooden or metal stakes, which should stand about 3 feet high (a size that keeps the bin manageable for maintenance) when plunged into the ground. Wrap galvanized poultry wire or snow fencing around these "corners," and use lengths of wire to cinch the ends when they meet. Put a base of twigs or dried cornstalks on the bottom before beginning to add organic waste.

See Chapter 4 for more information on using compost.

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