You can follow the same basic instructions described above to make compost in bins or other containers. You can make your bins out of recycled pallets, chicken wire, concrete blocks, or hay bales. Each bin must be at least 3’x3’x3’ to hold enough material for the decomposition process to be effective.
One of the most widely used is the classic three-bin system. This system is perfect for larger yards and gardens, and makes it easy to have a constant supply of compost to add to your garden. When you fill up one bin with enough material, you leave that one alone and start filling the next bin, and so on. By the time you have filled your third bin, the first bin will be ready to use.
If you don’t have enough space for a three-bin system, and don’t want to make your own bin, there are several different commercial products available to contain your compost pile. Our Rugged Composter bin is great for small yards, keeps the materials contained, out of sight, and out of the reach of most critters. This is a great system to use to make compost slowly over time for those people who don’t want to put in much effort.
Rotating drum composters are also available. They take up more space than the square Rugged Composter, but make compost quicker with their easy turning mechanism.
Making your own compost is easy, and it is absolutely the best, and least expensive gift you can give to your garden. Start your own compost pile today and you will reap the rewards for many years to come.
For more details about the science behind composting, please see the article Feeding the Soil: Combining Science and Art in the Compost Pile in the Learning Center of our website.