When it comes to finding the best compost bin, you've got a tonne of options. Will it be plastic or wood? Will you buy it or will you make it? Will it be one bin or two?
How do you choose?
As we mentioned on our compost bins page, we believe the ideal compost bin is the one that you will consistently use. It sounds kind of funny, but it's incredibly true. We'd bet you there are more unused compost bins in North American's backyards than there are bankrupt lottery winners (we all know how many of those there are).
If you're ready to start making some of mother nature's best garden fertilizer, let's go...
If you're not familiar with this style of bin, it works in the following manner:
When first starting out, you'll fill the bin on the far left (or right, whichever tickles your fancy). As the compost ingredients in this bin breakdown, you'll flip them (using a compost fork) into the bin in the middle. Now you can start adding new materials to the first bin again. Once the ingredients in the middle bin are close to being finished, you'll flip them into the last bin. The compost will cure in this bin, and then you can use it for fertilizer. Now that the middle bin is open, you can flip the contents of the first bin into it, and start building a new pile in the first bin.
The wooden panels on the front of the bins are removable (they fit into grooves that have been cut into the upright posts). This feature makes loading and unloading materials quite easy.
Interested in building this bin?
Here are some great instructions on how to build a compost bin very similar to the one shown above.
Do you agree with our vote for the best bin (the three bin system)?
If not, what type of bin gets your vote?
Do you have a picture to go along with your vote? Did you buy this award-winning bin, or did you build it yourself?
We want to hear from you!
Click below to see the votes, and opinions, from other compost junkies...
Welded wire bins/rings are best
Welded wire compost rings are the best compost bin. They meet 8 of the 10 criteria. I use 16 foot lengths of 4 foot high 2x4 welded wire, 12 1/2 gauge. …
My Vote For The Best Compost Bin Is...
My vote for the Best Compost Bin is the 3 bin system discussed above. It is easy for a first timer to build and start with.