|Project by Harold and Pam||posted 1089 days ago||1869 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
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.
You can see this project on our sister site www.lumberjocks.com/hjt by doing so, you can read some of the questions and answers that have been addressed.
August 2012 Update:
We’ve now had this compost bin running for about 5 years. And thought I’d show you folks how well it is working.
Here in Florida, even January is good composting weather. This shows grass clippings. Yes while many of you are shoveling snow, I’m mowing grass. Some one has to doing it… may as well be me!!
This shows the same clippings (with a little kitchen and coffee scrapp) only a week later.
It’s now August and as you can see in this photo, all three bins are almost full. At this point, I remove the compost form the third bin and put that in trash cans for da little women’s needs.
The lab results I have received showed this compost to be very high in nutrients. Gotta love that!
I then turn the 2nd bin into the third.
I line the bottom with saw dust and begin to turn the first bin in to the 2nd. The saw dust is my idea. Something that can decompose and help soak up the damp ground.
Now the first bin is empty and ready for new material. We use mostly grass clippings, shredded papers, and of course kitchen trash. It had been about a year since I turned the bins, but that’s just based on our needs.
-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl