It is officially gardening season and growing a garden can be a satisfying way to bring the family together and spend your extra time in the summer. The best way to fertilize your garden is with compost, which loosens heavy clay, breaks it down as it feeds your plants organically, encourages microorganism’s beneficial to your garden, and aids sandy soil in holding moisture and nutrients. Here is a quick and simple tutorial on how to make your very own compost bin for your family garden.
First gather together the items and tools you will need to complete this project such as the Irwin 213100 15″ General Carpentry Saw handsaw, 2 pieces of non pressurized wood 4 X 8′ lattice panels cut into 2, 4′ X 4′ piece segments, 4 pieces of non pressurized 2 X 4′s cut 5 feet long, 2 strap hinges, a shovel, a pocket driver like the Bosch CLPK27-120 12V Max Lithium-ion Pocket Driver, screws, bricks or wooden blocks, and a tape measure.
Second measure a 4.4 foot square in the place you have chosen to put your compost bin, marking each corner of the square for the posts. Start at one of the marked off corners by digging a one foot hole and inserting the 2 x 4 post into it. Next fill it with soil, tamping down the soil around the post, then repeat three more times until each corner has its post. Note as you finish your posts, that the front two 2 x 4′s should be placed so the 4 inch side faces out for an easier gate attachment. Also it would be a good idea to measure each post with your cut lattice, making certain it all lines up correctly.
Third, line the lattice sheets against the posts and with the drill driver screw them into place. Leave the 2 x 4′s that face outward alone, as they will serve as the front gate.
Fourth stand the lattice panel “gate” between the 2 x 4 posts. Next, Prop the lattice gate panel up on a pair of bricks or wooden blocks. Once you’ve done that the next step will be to measure and mark where to cut the gate with your saw, checking to ensure that it will be even with the fencing.
Once your gate is cut, put it back onto the same bricks or wooden blocks, this is to hold it the required height off the ground, noting that the back faces of the gate and the posts should be flush. Once this is done fit the strap hinges, holding each hinge in place while marking the screw holes with a pencil.
Once you’ve finished step five you can drill pilot holes and go to work, driving in two screws for each flap on both hinges. Check that the lattice gate is swinging correctly and pit the two parts of the catch in a similar way. If all is working well you can finish by securing the fitting with the remainder of screws.