Successful organic gardeners rely on compost to improve soil fertility and moisture management, nourish helpful microbes, and inoculate against destructive ones. This three compost bin system is a compost factory that efficiently pumps out heaps of finished black gold in weeks, rather than the months you would typically wait during a more hands-off approach. Made from rot-resistant cedar, our ultimate compost bin features removable front planks and a clean look that allows for plenty of air movement. And best of all, you can build it in just a few hours. Here's how to make our favorite compost bin:
1 measuring tape
1 box of 2 inch wood screws
1 box of 2½ inch wood screws
1 mallet or sledgehammer
4 metal fence posts with screw holes, 4 feet long
1 staple gun and staples
1 roll of 36 feet x 3 feet wire netting (chicken wire or a stronger material with similar-size openings)
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7 pieces: 1 inch x 6 inches x 12 feet
9 pieces: 1 inch x 6 inches x 10 feet
2 pieces: 1 inch x 2 inches x 10 feet
2 pieces: 2 inches x 6 inches x 10 feet
2 pieces: 2 inches by 6 inches x 12 feet
2 pieces: 2 inches by 4 inches by 12 feet
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Cut four of the 1x6x12s into 3 foot 7½ inch pieces, 12 total.
Uprights (for end and middle panels)
Cut the 2x4x12s into 2 foot 10½ inch pieces, 8 total.
Cut the 1x6x10s into 4 foot 6 inch pieces, 18 total.
Front and back supports
Cut the 2x6x12s into 2 foot 10½ inch pieces, 8 total.
Cut the 2x6x10s into 4 foot 9 inch pieces, 4 total.
Cut the 1x2x10s into 2 foot 10½ inch pieces, 6 total.
Use the three remaining uncut 1x6x12s.