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After moving into our house in Oregon, we needed to build a set of compost bins to deal with all the yard waste we have on the property. Plus we dump all the appropriate kitchen scraps.
I plan on building a 3 bin system, but have only found the use for one bin so far.

I used 2×4 framing and lath screening to help with air flow and to keep the critters out:

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I screwed the wood siding onto the frame to make it easier to remove the panels when it comes time to shift the pile into another bin:

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Here is what I was using before the bin:

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I also picked up a wood chipper to help reduce all the branches and leaves; I use that as a layer in btwn the food waste layers. Since we have so many flower beds on the property, the compost will eventually provide a great source of food/mulch.



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jroot

4986 posts in 2102 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 62 days ago

Very nice. That reminds me of the bins I made at my former house. I used the three bin system, adding them as I needed them. Worked like a charm. I don’t have the same space here, so have a different set up, but also use three bins.

I like the idea of the wire side, back and bottom.

Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Pat3

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posted 60 days ago

Thanks, it is working very well so far, but I will need to screen the material before using it as mulch in the flower beds.

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jroot

4986 posts in 2102 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 60 days ago

I used to use a 1/2 inch screen before the compost went into the 3rd stage. The thick stuff got put back into the 2nd stage. That way, the 3rd stage was fine and beautiful with no odour at all. Try scratching it into the top of the soil rather than just using it as mulch. Your plants will love you for it.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Pat3

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posted 60 days ago

Excellent advice, thanks!

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 55 days ago

Your compost bin is lovely, nice work!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Pat3

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posted 55 days ago

Thank you

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posted 22 days ago

Looks really good, kind of the gold standard of compost bins. I have used a tiller in the finish pile of our three-way system to break down various things. One good thing about your base is that it won’t allow roots to penetrate the way mine does, and that can be annoying. Hope you’ll keep us posted on how well your compost system works. One thing I might add is a sheet of something black over the top to help it generate heat which in turn will help promote probiotic activity, which of course is the whole point of a compost bin. Nice work!

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posted 22 days ago

Thanks Rex, and appreciate the recommendation.
Funny thing was that I found several “plants” growing inside the bin. It turned out to be potatoes from our kitchen scraps. So I cut them up and planted them in the garden.

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