The Making of a Monster Compost Bin

Well, our composting journey started with the modified trash can from the City of Phoenix. As I mentioned in a previous post, it was a cheap way to get started but it required guns of steel to turn the pile. So we apparently sped past the next size and, instead, built…The Behemoth Bin.

This guy measures 9′ x 3′ x 3’…which, on paper, doesn’t seem so big.  But it looks like I’ll have to go begging for food scraps to make a good go of it!

Here’s the really cool part:  there are 15 wood planks (5 for each section) that can be quickly inserted as your pile grows, making it really easy to turn.  No more Dumpster diving.  Or wearable compost.  (Not a good look.)

We may add some hydraulic hinges to help keep the lid open while we work…and to get that whole monster experience.  And our hose is close, but I’m thinking of moving it so we can run a water line over the top for easy watering.  Phase II…

If you want to build this guy, or explore other ideas for compost bins, I highly recommend the Composting For Dummies book.  It has everything you’d ever want to know about composting…from beginning to the finished natural product that enriches your garden!


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