A compost pile encourages the break-down of organic materials. The bin doesn't need to be complicated to make and it can save you money.
The style of bin that is right for you depends on how much space and how much compostable material you have. There are many types of manufactured bins available through garden centers or mail-order catalogs, or you can build one yourself.
Homemade bins can be constructed out of wire fence material, wood, masonry or even recycled pallets. Purchased units are often made of plastic and some are designed in a barrel fashion to allow the contents to be turned.
Composting is an easy way to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill and a cheap way to get nutrients for your garden.
- Composting: How to Choose or Make a Bin
- Florida's Online Composting Center: Bins (Note: some links don't work)
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Concrete Block Compost Bins--University of Wisconsin Extension (PDF)
- Home Composting Bins--University of Conneticut Cooperative Extension System (PDF)
- How to Build a Compost Bin--University of Missouri Extension
- Wooden-Pallet and Wire-Mesh Compost Bins--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)