|One Side of the New Compost Bin|
The result is a simple two-bin system made from some recycled poles and some recycled wire fencing, but it will work fine for our needs.
|New Two Bin System|
We assembled the new bin close to the old one so transferring the contents would be easy.
I don’t turn my compost pile very often. The only time it gets stirred up is a few times a year as I dig down to the bottom for finished compost to be used in the garden. The rest of the year, household and garden waste is pretty much just tossed in and piled on top. Luckily, even though I don’t really tend to the compost pile, I still get to reap the rewards of the compost.
One side of the old bin contained mostly household and garden waste the other side was filled with shredded leaves from fall cleanups. Every once and a while, I would toss some shredded leaves on top of the contents of the other bin.
Starting fresh with a new bin gave me the opportunity to layer the contents from the old bin a little more efficiently. I sifted out some finished compost from the old bin and whatever was left was layered into the new bin along with alternating layers of shredded leaves and other dry garden waste.
|Layering the Contents of the Compost|
The sifted compost was added to the garden one wheelbarrow at a time. I got about halfway though one side of the old bin when I struck gold! Absolutely beautiful compost that didn’t even need sifting came out by shovelfuls. These were all added to the garden to be spread out and tilled in next weekend.
|Compost Added to the Garden|
Hopefully the new bin is off to a good beginning.
|Old Bin Empty and New Bin to the Right|