Spring is almost upon us and one great early gardening and sustainable thing you can start right now is a compost bin. Sure you can buy one, but often times, they can be outside your budget and there are so many ways to create one at home for free or nearly free. A compost bin is very useful for anyone that gardens or for those that want to start. A compost bin creates extremely rich soil to use even if your garden is not that big. The soil that comes out of a compost pile can even be used for small scale plant keeping such as houseplants. Creating one is very easy and here are some excellent frugal ways to make a DIY compost bin.
7 Frugal DIY Compost Bin Projects
You can create a compost pile with biodegradable materials such as straw bales with this tutorial right here on the blog. This works well if you have access to old straw bales and a piece of land that is at least 4 X 4.
Potholes & Pantyhose has a really awesome step-by-step tutorial for making a Spinning Compost Bin with some store bought and some recycled materials. The whole project cost her around $30 to do and is great for those that like this style without wanting to spend a whole lot on it.
If you happen to come across any milk crates at thrift stores or other places, you can make this Vertically Stacked Milk Crate Compost bin with the steps shown on this Instructables article by a_abbond.
Pallet projects are a big hit these days among DIYers and for good reason. They use up materials that would most likely end up in a landfill. Here is a nifty Pallet Compost Bin you can make from the free ones you see in your area by DIY Ready.
If you plan on doing worm composting, this Worm Compost Bin from Queen Bee Coupons made from an old plastic storage bin or two is a great project and can be done for almost free.
I love the way that Organic Gardening used a shower door and some other found materials to create this easy and durable Shower Door Compost Bin.
Mother Earth Living has a great Chicken Wire Compost Bin that is easy to make in minutes and if you can find the materials for free, it's an added bonus!
How do you compost at home? What are some tips you have for starting a good compost bin?