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Organic Gardening: Homemade Compost Bins (F.R.E.E. Plans)

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West Palm Beach, FL
(Zone 10b)

April 29, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8529339

I sell stuff on eBay, so first I went there to look for inexpensive bins, but not cheap there, and I noticed someone selling plans on a CD.

So, being the completely cheap (not frugal, I admit - I'm cheap - admitting you have a problem is the first step of that recovery, eh?) person that I am, I googled 'free compost bin plans and came across these two sites: - check out the round barrel composter - ease to spin.

second one is here: - I think I copied the page that has the one on it that I was looking at, but it's too complicated for hubby to build (well, too complicated for him to build without cussing every five minutes...), so think I'm going to go flirt with one of my male neighbors and sweet-talk one of them into building me one.

oh! Here's a link PuddlePirate gave me link to - - I would LOVE to have this system (check it out on - here - - but the corners themselves cost $174, plus the lumber, so that may be further on down the road. I already know that I need more than one composter for next season. :)

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Lake Charles, LA

May 24, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8585486

If you ever played with Lincoln logs, then u can build this compost bin.
I have been using this one for about a year now and it really works well. Just layer your browns and greens, water well, and u will have 150 degree compost in a couple of days. Hint: leaves and coffee grounds work really well. Also add any food scraps, be sure and bury these down under.

This message was edited May 24, 2011 9:08 PM
Virginia Beach, VA

June 10, 2011
3:43 AM

Post #8621606

Our City sold composters few years ago for $50.00 and DH bought one but critters keep getting into it. I converted it to fern garden.

I now have 2 home made large trash cans with lids that works well for me and also my daughter who copied my idea.

Make big holes at the bottom of the trash barrel and bury it 10 to 12 inches .The earthworms loves it!!! Make it stable with something so it does not topple.

I empty my composters every 3-4 months and use compost in the garden as well as potted plants.

This message was edited Jul 20, 2011 8:01 AM
Apopka, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 8, 2011
6:47 PM

Post #8681180

55 gallon plastic drums keep it simple and last many years.
Oak leaves digest in a few months in the summer heat and humidity.
Although the product will be acidic.

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Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 9, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8681687

I'm taking those containers and sawing them in half to use as planters for my bamboo (clumpers) plants. They are wonderful.


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