Ideas for Making a Composter

How do you make a hot composter?

Hardiness Zone: 11

By Kieran from Scotland

September 3, 20100 found this helpful

Hi, I like the Instructables site,, for things like this. The site has many designs for build-it-yourself composters.

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September 10, 20100 found this helpful

I just made a place against a brick wall. Put stakes to make a small square and then put chicken wire around three sides to leave an opening. I just began putting my scraps (no meats or fats) and dirt from used pots, newspaper, etc. It began to compost almost immediately, in a week or two! With all the dry weather we have had you may have to "water" it once in a while, but sparingly. I just stirred it when I thought of it and shoveled what I needed. Just kept it going for about 8 years! Then moved and got one of those rotating black barrels, I hate the thing! The open pile was lots easier and seemed to be so much faster. Good composting!

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September 11, 20100 found this helpful

Open composters are great, easy and effective, but in colder climates they can stagnate for much of the year. I purchased a plain black plastic trash barrel with lid, drilled a few dozen holes in the base and up the the first few inches of the side. Use a couple shovels of garden dirt as a starter, place in the sunniest spot you can, turn once and a while and watch its moisture level. It has become one of the best composters I have ever used.

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