Introduction

man pouring compost into his compost bin
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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If you love to garden, nothing feeds your plants better than compost from your very own backyard, and its price (free!) is impossible to beat. But the pile itself isn’t exactly an eye-catching feature. Though you can buy a compost bin made from budget-friendly plastic or even chicken wire, a wood bin, typically made of rot-resistant cedar, will conceal those yard clippings and kitchen leftovers without sticking out like a sore thumb on your landscape. The gaps between the wood slats let air circulate around the pile to keep odors at bay and ensure that wastes are breaking down; removable slats, front panels, or doors make it easy to turn the pile and remove compost when it’s ready to spread. Follow these directions to make a rustic little structure that will help you keep your yard thriving year-round.

Or buy a compost bin for easy install.

Shown: Compost bin: ECO Composter by Exaco, $130; europeangarden.com. Compost pail: Copper-finish compost pail, $35; gardeners.com
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw or jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver

    Shopping List

    1. 1x4 cedar

    2. Wood glue

    3. 1 1/8-inch trim-head screws

    4. 2-inch trim-head screws