Composter Construction


I grew up in the country and we had gardens for our produce, orchards for fruit, and cattle for meat.  I watched men like my great grandfather put any food that wasn’t consumed into his garden.  At the time I didn’t understand.

As I grew older, I came to understand that as produce breaks down, it enriches the soil around it.  As an adult, I remembered that I enjoy setting plants, growing grass, and working in my yard.  I decided that I wanted a composter (or compost bin) in order to improve the plant life around my home.

Composter Construction

I had decided I wanted to compost.  But, worried about poor appearances, I decided to examine pre-manufactured options.

In 2011, I went to the Home Depot to see what they had.  To my surprise they had this Keter composter.  With good instructions, I was convinced. For a modest price, one of these came home with me.

As I assembled the composter,  I also created the video included below about the construction of this composting unit.  The whole process was incredibly easy and worthwhile

This video is not wonderfully created (it is very shaky.)  However, it gets the point across.


Update:  Several years later, I’m still using this composter.  The actual item has been discontinued by the manufacturer.  A similar item

would probably function just as well and would be easily obtainable.

The doors at the bottom of both the front and the back are designed to work as a type of “mitt” so they can be used to pick up items that are already in less favorable states of decay. But, both doors have suffered fatigue and now have to be secured via rope, weight, or tape.

Even with the previous problem, the composter serves its purpose. We put unused, non-oily foods into it and mix it with dirt and water (periodically). The food breaks down and I’ve used the highly enriched soil when I set trees and flowers with great success.

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