May 28, 2014

Homemade compost bin - Simplest design

This is the single easiest way of making a compost bin in the tropics. As you can see in the image below, this compost bin is made of a plant pot at its base and another bowl shaped plant pot on top.
how to make a simple compost bin in the tropics
Simple compost bin design

The cover is not absolutely necessary. However, since I use this bin for kitchen scraps, I use a cover to deter rats, snails and any other pests.

If you can not find a bowl shaped pot, make one. To do so, simply buy a large plastic bowl and drill holes in the bottom. This will allow rain water to enter. I find the bowl shape to be better than a flat lid since a bowl is less likely to become displaced by pests or the wind.

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To attract earthworms, ensure that the bottom pot has drainage holes that make contact with the earth. Although it will be helpful to find a few earthworms to start the process, looking for some to introduce to this system is not necessary since earthworms will invariably find their way into the compost bin.


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