• Compost poker helps provide air to the compost. I poke the compost and stir it up every few days or so.
  • Side panels are roughly 36" X 36" and are constructed of scrap material we had laying around our house...we did have to purchase a roll of wire mesh to cover 2 of the sides.
  • Wire holds the sides of the bin together. This allows me to take the bin apart and further stir the compost with a pitchfork. This is something I might do every 3-4 months or so.

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A photo of our home composting bin. I built this last fall out of mostly scrap materials we had in our garage. The side panels are roughly 36" X 36". California composting can be difficult because it is so dry here...but the rains of late have been helpful in getting this compost to "kick" and it is finally getting hot.

nationalwildlife.federation, Kirbie1, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. sarhana 73 months ago | reply

    Cool (or hot?) What is the green handle attached to?

  2. carlweaver 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Compost, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. paperfacets 68 months ago | reply

    I am making a page on composting @ www.Squidoo.com/dyi_composting. May I use a few of your CC pics on the topic?
    Thank you, Sherry@papefacets

  4. mjmonty 68 months ago | reply

    @Paperfacets - yes, please do use any of these photos for your composting page. I'm glad they may be of use to you.

    @sarhana - my apologies for the delayed response, but the green handled tool is just a poker, I use it to 'stir' the compost, which adds air and accelerates the process (and it also keeps it from smelling bad!)

    @carl, yes, please to add this photo to the compost group

  5. Home Decor Art 38 months ago | reply

    Hi Mjmonty,

    Very nice picture. We used this in our blog MyHomeDecorBlog.com

    You can find it here: Compost – Benefits Of Building A Compost

    Thank you very much.

  6. CompostJunkieDave 37 months ago | reply

    Hey Matt,

    I just used this sweet little photo of yours as our "Saturday Showcase" on our Facebook page. Thanks so much for sharing this with our Tribe of Compost Junkies.

    How is the composting working out?

  7. mjmonty 37 months ago | reply

    Awesome, CompostJunkieDave! Glad the photo is of use to you! Sadly my wife and I moved to an apartment in burlingame, ca that doesn't have a backyard, or even a side/front yard, that would be suitable for composting. The good news is that our county has a curbside greenwaste collection collection program.

    At some point in the future I hope we have space to do our own onsite composting once again!

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