Setting up a compost heap: how to make it comfortable and productive

Compost heap container

The waste that accumulates in the trash can in the kitchen is a storehouse of useful elements and minerals to create a balanced fertilizer for our garden. There is no need to throw all this into municipal garbage cans, it is better to build a compost heap and in a year enrich the land on which vegetables and fruits will grow much more actively.

Compost heap container

The design of the compost bin is extremely simple. These are two or three compartments, if desired, which can be filled one by one and gradually. In each of them, food waste mixed with mown grass or straw and a small amount of soil rotted over time, turning into a homogeneous mass. As soon as humus ripens, it can be mixed and gradually introduced into the ground, pouring it into the holes during planting or over the soil to feed adult plants.

Compost heap container

Compost heap containerOption of the container assembled from pallets

The material for the container is ordinary wood. If it is a pine board, then it does not even need additional processing. Hardwoods can be soaked with oil, but not with antiseptics, to help the structure last longer. It is very practical to use old wooden pallets for a durable and durable material. It is only important to choose pallets that were not used in hazardous production or for the transportation of chemically hazardous substances.

Compost heap container

The inside of the container is upholstered with a polymer net to retain small debris and at the same time for free air flow into the compost. A simple profiled sheet cover protects the compost from being washed away by rain.

Compost heap container

The main trick of the container is the A-pillars. They are made with grooves for the front shield boards to cling to. Gradually, as the heap is filled, new boards are added and thereby the height of the heap is increased. To leave a gap between the boards, it is enough to screw two or three self-tapping screws into them from the bottom side, so that the head sticks out about 3-4 mm.

Compost heap container

Compost heap container

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