Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Compost Container Options


I am glad you are all so excited about composting!  And I am glad you are sharing your compost needs.  As I mentioned, I am well aware that a pile near the woods won't work for everyone.  So I have found several options depending on where you are at.  I am a visual learner, so I tried to find some videos in case y'all are as well.

If you are in the country and have the option, I would highly recommend just having a pile, or making a small enclosure such as this one.  It's cheap, easy, and uses very limited resources.  Plus the more open your pile is, the less you will have to worry about it getting enough drainage and sunlight, which is what prevents the pile from smelling.  Here is an example of how to make a simple, easy, and upcycled compost bin.  (Miss A-check this out, it is exactly what you were asking about:)


For those of you who need a more contained container, there are several options.  One of the simplest and least expensive is to make a compost bin out of a trash container, preferably one you already have lying about.  


Here is a fun take on making a worm composting bin.  Totally kid-friendly so you can make it a project for the whole family.


For those of you who prefer a more standard commercial compost bin, there are some great options out there.  These are also going to be the best kind for readers like Lizzie and MLDB who live in a subdivision and need something contained and discreet.  They are a bit pricey, but remember that you will using them for a very long time and saving yourself tons of money in soil from the gardening store.  I love this one because it's made from recycled plastic and at $70 it's one of the most affordable commercial versions I have seen.
Then there are the spinning versions which help you rotate your compost (much like I do weekly with a shovel in our lovely pile) right in the container to get even distribution and ideal soil composition.  Like the compost tumbler and tumbleweed composter.

Ok, so I think I included something for everyone there in terms of compost bins.  What am I missing?  Do we still have questions on the actual bins?  What other compost questions do you still have?

5 comments:

The Simpsons said...

thanks so much for doing this series! It has answered so many questions for me! Thanks for covering what can go into a compost, can you cover some things that can't go into composting? Or email me if you can. Thanks!
Jenny

Jenni at My Web of Life said...

Willo-
What fantastic timing! There is a community garden starting up and I told the coordinator that I would look into compost options. Then your post plopped into my inbox like a little gift!
Thanks for a great series of *very* informative posts!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Wow, Willo! You are making the planet a bit more green one post at a time. Would you believe that my husband has been on a quest to figure out what is the best container for composting?

I am going to refer him to your blog. Your timing couldn't be better!

-Francesca

Patty Skypants said...

I have had great success using cheap plastic garbage bins. I have four of these in my backyard. I cut drainage holes in the bottom and start filling them spring to summer layering kitchen waste with leaves and grass clippings. At the start of the process, I insert a long stick into the bin that I will use to move the mix around while it is cooking. This takes a bit longer than the traditional, open pile but it makes REALLY GOOOD compost in an unobtrusive fashion.

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