My new compost bin.

Mooresboro, NC

This is my -not yet finished- compost bin.

All recycled wood-Took useless things around the yard apart! hehehe

Free landscape fabric-Still got a whole dang roll!

The metal on the door is the bottom from an old dog crate-I think I'm gonna weave it with vines.

Spent $10 on pipe & fittings for the canopy & I'm gonna grow vines up it from the 'side planter openings'

Like I said...this is rough, but whatcha think so far?

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Saugerties, NY(Zone 5a)

Nice job !!!!

Englewood, FL

I have 2 plastic ones that the county was giving away a few years ago,both are completely enclosed except for the bottom & some vents on the sides, they look like large trash cans with lids a problem arose because they were too close to some pine trees & the bottom 6 inches was full of a fine mesh of tree roots, I was able to find some 1/8 in. plastic sheeting to put under the bins. & no more tree roots.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

Well designed and Country Garden perfect. I thought I was seeing one of my own contraptions in my own yard! Love it. The PVC dome is clever.

Mooresboro, NC

Thanks David! I spraypainted the pvc & rolled it in blends in more & I hope it's 'ruff enough' that some vines will be able to get a better grip on it.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

The paint and sand is another good idea!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Ruby, did you do the paint and sand AFTER the picture was taken? It doesn't look like I would expect if you had the sand on it.

Mooresboro, NC

I got excited & posted pictures a little prematurely.
I spray painted & added sand after the pics were posted. I don't know if it will actually stick well to the pvc, but I can always go with plan B-(wrap some jute twine around the pvc for vines to grip on) ..This contraption is a 'work in progress' As soon as I find my battery charger for my camera, I promise to post more pics!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Thanks Ruby. You might also find an old Volley ball net or similar and cut it into strips and wrap it around the PVC for some plant grip.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Very nice project.
White cotton twine works very well for vines to cling too. I hung it over my daughters white picket fence and over the top of my window frames for MG to grow up.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

Don't choose a vine that shades it too much though! The Sun really helps a compost heap Ruby...

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Great idea and so professional looking. I just have a large pile of cow manure because I have to turn i t with my tractor.
Yours would be easier to keep wet and turn which helps decomposition. Compost is the best thing to ammend soil with I think and have been doing it for years.

Great job Ruby.


Mooresboro, NC

David-I built the open 'planters' on the sides with climbing nasturtiums in mind...If the canopy gets too shady...Salad Time! yum

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

Yeah your right Ruby... They'll be gone by Summer anyway! Spread a little plastic over that cool dome in the winter next year, and you'll have a bottom heated (compost) little greenhouse to tuck some tenders under!

Mooresboro, NC

David-That's what I'm thinkin'! Everything around our farm should do double duty!

Newark, DE

Ah and you can also stack another good use in there - hot water. Coil a hose around in the compost pile and you'll have hot water for outdoor showers. It can get so hot you might need another hose of cold water to cool it down.


Mooresboro, NC

Good one Debbie!

Graham, NC(Zone 7b)

Do you have an update on your compost bin now that it has had a little time to work?

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

great job

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