Just because Fall is here doesn’t mean that we are done with our gardening. Here in Southern California we can pretty much grow fruits and vegetables year round but even in colder climates you can still get a fall/winter harvest before any threat of frost. Since our Spring/Summer harvest was a decent success, our family has decided to add a few things to our garden; like a Compost Bin. Compost is a great natural plant food but like most things I didn’t want to go out and buy a large expensive bin so we made our own DIY Compost Bin, from a 15 gallon plastic tub.
Making your own compost is quite simple, all you need is a container, air, and wet & dry organic materials. We mostly use a combination of fruit & vegetable scraps, eggs shells, coffee grounds, shredded cardboard, dry leaves and grass clippings in ours. To make your compost you simple add them to the bin and give them a shake or stir every couple of days. My youngest has taken this on as her ‘job’. She is in charge of adding all the kitchen scraps to make what she calls ‘plant food’. Once your compost has decayed appropriately you can add it to your soil before every growing season.
DIY Compost Bin
- 15 gallon plastic tub (we found ours at Walmart and it is made of recycled plastic, BONUS!)
- Power Drill
- Drill small holes throughout your entire bin. Making sure to add them to all sides as well as the top and the bottom.
- Add your organic materials
- Shake/Stir every few days