Make a Compost Bin from a Trash Can

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Building a Composter




With the emergence of organic and sustainable practices, composting turned into the milestone of "green" gardening. Not everyone have the space for a large compost pile. Furthermore, backyard composting attracts flies, stray pets and rats. Making compost in a trash can is a great alternative to the conventional methods, because it is suitable for smaller patio or balcony and it will keep the pests away. By composting, you can handle your waste removal in a more sustainable way. Your neighbours will be happy as they will see just another trash can instead of rotting garbage.




Compost bin is inexpensive and easy to build as it requires minimal skills and effort. You will either need a metal garbage can or 55-gallon waste container. Instead of hiring clearance services, use your composter for food or garden waste. When constructing the composter, keep in mind that you will need to turn the materials in the container often. The experts from are advising you to secure the lid on the bin. When mixing the content of your composter turn it on its side and then roll the composting container around the yard. Stir or turn your compost bin every week for a better air flow.



Tools and Materials


As mentioned earlier, you will need a plastic or metal garbage bin with lid or a 55-gallon metal or plastic barrel with lid. In addition, you should also get wood chips, straw or coarse sawdust. Use the leftovers from your garden waste clearance. Drills and working gloves are the only tools you need to build your composter.


Building a Composter



Step 1. Clean thoroughly the trash can or the barrel. Scrub it well from the inside and outside to eliminate any inorganic waste left-overs.


Step 2. Drill holes. Use drill with a 1 inch spade bit to make three rows of holes on each side. The distance between the rows should be between 4to 6 inches. If you are using a barrel, make 6 to 9 rows of ½ inch holes. The holes will allow better air flow and drainage.




Composting Basics


Ensure that your composter gets a balanced diet. Include materials that are high in nitrogen such as food scraps, grass clippings and manure. You can insert nitrogen fertilizer if necessary. You also need to add ingredients that are high in carbon like paper, wood chips, sawdust, leaves and straw.


Avoid adding meat or dairy in the bin, because as they spoil they start to smell and attract pests. These products also contain bacteria that will contaminate the land. You can, though, add soil in your composter. The soil is rich of various microorganisms that can help break down to the organic matter and fasten the decaying process. You can get compost without using soil, but it will take longer.


Maintain all the elements in proper size. Cut food scraps into smaller particles. Wood limbs, leaves and paper from your garden waste clearance work best when chopped and shredded into ¼ inches pieces.  Your compost should receive enough air. Aerating your compost provides enough oxygen for the microorganisms and speeds up the decomposing process. You will also avoid the unpleasant odour problem.


Preserve your compost moist, not soggy. You can check the moisture level by performing the "squeeze test."The mixture should be damp to touch without drops coming out when you squeeze it. Add water If too dry, and add sawdust or straw if too moist.


You should also monitor the temperature of the compost. To be effective, it shouldn't be too hot or too cool. The best temperature is between 32 °C and 60°C.


Composting is a great way to manage your junk removal, while producing great supplement for your organic gardening.




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