How to Make a DIY Compost Container for a Green Garden

What Is Compost?

Composting is a fairly easy way to provide healthy, natural fertilizer for the plants in your garden. Recycling and reintroducing plant matter from your garden to the environment is a sustainable practise.

A compost pile can be started in the autumn. There are two main components available in your garden:

Dry, brown leaves: Your chosen dried leaves are great to use.
Moist, not-yet-dried green plants: Plants that are still somewhat green in late summer, such as those in your containers or flower beds, as well as vegetable stems, also make good compost.

Dry, brown, wet and green plant material combines or decomposes to create great soil to nourish your garden next year.

How to Build a DIY Container for Compost

This easy-to-make container is a stack of stakes and chicken wire inside. The tray holds the contents of the stack together. The pile should not be blown away by the wind or washed away by water.

The chicken wire mesh is open to allow air circulation, which helps plant material decompose. The pile should be ready for use next fall to feed the roots of your garden plants before winter arrives.

Spade or shovel
4 metal posts or stakes (height 5 feet)
1 roll chicken wire (height 3 feet)
Long twist ties
Measuring tape

Durable garden gloves to protect your hands from the sharp edges of chicken wire.
Long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect you from the edges of the chicken wire.

Step 1: Preparation

Pick a Location: Determine where you want to place your compost pile. A mostly sunny location is best as the sun and rain help break down plant material. Mark a three-by-three-foot square with a tape measure. You can place a metal pole in each corner as a marker.

Level the Area: The area must be at an appropriate level. Scrape the dirt with a shovel to level the surface of the container.

Decide where the hole will be: This should be easiest to access with a wheelbarrow, so you can move the plant material in and take the compost out. Leave space for yourself. You will also stand there and work your shovel.

Step 2: Build the Enclosure

Pound in the Stakes: In one corner of your square, plant a pound about six inches deep in the ground. Shake well to make sure it is stable. If it wobbles a little, add more. Do the same with the other three bets in the other three corners.

Prepare Chicken Wire: Wearing heavy garden gloves, carefully remove the chicken wire as the ends are very sharp. Fold the starting end over, from top to bottom, about three to four inches. Press it with gloved hands or step on it to create a crease. This will be inside the final folded container.

Install Chicken Wire on Stakes: Measure about 2 feet from the folded end. Two feet of wire is the door or opening. At a point about 2 feet from the end, run the chicken wire up and down the stake. Do this by passing a dowel through a hole in the wire at the bottom. If you like, insert chicken wire into the middle hole. Then pass the dowel through the hole near the top of the wire. Once you have loosened the chicken wire, move on to the next portion and do the same. Move to the next and then the last.

Step 3: Build the Gate

Cut the remaining wire. The chicken wire is now attached to four pegs. Bring your first two-foot piece of wire to the gate, then overlap it by one foot. Using wire cutters, cut off any remaining chicken wire.

Create Your Gate: Press the edge back three to four inches from top to bottom as you did with the starting edge, using gloves. The pressed edge will be inside the container. This is your "gateway". The gate is used when it is time to remove the composted material.

Close Your Gate: To close the gate, use twists in several places from top to bottom to fasten the gate pieces together. This completes the container.

What Goes Into a Compost Pile

Two types of plant material should be introduced into the pile: dry, brown matter, and green, wet matter.

Dry and Brown
Fallen leaves
Small twigs that are less than 3 inches long

Green and wet
Pensions made for this year.
Leaves of plants that are clipped back, such as those of tall daylilies.
Vegetable stalks after preparing food for you.
Grass that is too long when you miss a cutting session. In general, grass clippings should remain on the lawn to fertilize themselves.
Kitchen scraps that have been turned into a small compost bin (small container with a lid) can be added to the pile when the scraps turn into sludge.

What to Leave Out

Undivided kitchen scraps: Avoid wildlife visitors like mice, skunks and raccoons looking for something to eat.

Sick or diseased plants or parts: Prevent the problem from spreading.

Weeds: Seeds cannot decompose and survive to emerge later.

Woody branches of trees and shrubs: They will not break down well within one year. Many municipalities have branch shredding services. Check with your local city to see what is available for removal from your property. They can shred materials that can be used for mulch and offer them to homeowners for use.

Maintaining the Pile

After it is full from fall to late winter, do not add more material. Let him rest. Basically, this pile can be left alone.

Use a shovel or pitchfork to stir it occasionally if you like. Some people find that shaking it will help it decompose faster. Since this pile of containers will take a year to decompose, it is not necessary to dispose of them.

It’s Ready!

When the year ends, the pile should be smaller than it was when you started. Since I started the pile last fall, it should be ready for use this fall. Before the current season's leaves fall, bring your shovel and wheelbarrow to the container and open the gate. There may be debris on top of your pile. Just push the debris aside.

Put your shovel down and dig up the most amazing foods for your garden! It looks like shit. Place it in your wheelbarrow and shovel it into flower beds and anywhere else you want to add nutrients to the soil. Spread it out with a trowel to make sure all the plants in the bed get their fair share.

Where to Use the Compost

Place it around new flower beds and plantings. What's left can be placed anywhere in the garden to feed the roots for next year. Feed trees and shrubs too.

What does it do for plants in the yard?

Food for the roots. Manure is a natural fertilizer. It provides nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium as well as some micronutrients to your plants.
Recycle what's in your yard. There is no need to buy fertilizer for garden beds. Cost savings for you.
Pay attention to birds that borrow some materials for their nests.

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