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First time posting in the composting forum, I think.
I am currently using an old plastic garbage can for a compost bin. It is a BEAR to turn that pile! I have to literally pour the entire thing out, mix it up, and shovel it all back in (which kills my back).
I'm thinking of constructing the wood and chicken wire compost bin (for which I need construction plans). However, I've seen those compost bins that are on stands that you turn - the bin is actually up in the air and you just 'flip' it around (which sounds like fun for the kids). I had someone offer to make one for me...for 300 dollars.
My question to you all is - do any of you have construction plans for me to create a standing-up compost bin? I haven't turned my current pile in several weeks because of my back; I fear that most of the pile is anaerobic at this point.
What constraints are you working with? How big is the spot you've chosen to use for composting? How much compost do you need to make? What raw materials will you probably compost most often? Do you have any physical or health limitations that affect your ability to lift/flip/rotate heavy stuff?
I'm reading through these plans, and they're all calling for pressure-treated lumber. I'd think that you'd want natural pieces. Wouldn't the chemicals from the pressure treated wood leach through and go into the compost?
another way to go..instead of buying stuff for a compost set up..is just make a pile..
and if you have back problems..have a neighbourhood kid help u turn it 2 times a week..???
i guess depends on how big compost u want to make..and how much garden space u can devote to
the compost pile..
i make a huge compost every yr..
theres always some use for it somewhere..
good luck to you...
I thought of just a pile, but hubby's put the nix on that. Also - uncertain about actual codes, but I think code enforcement in area wouldn't ticket me for compost bin, but if it were in the open, they may.
Some are concerned about older pressure treated wood and arsenic. I think new PT wood is copper? or something less scary.
But I used reclaimed PT wood becaue it had been on a deck for 20 years, and the amount of actual food I'm taking in from my garden is so small.