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Trash Can Compost Bin with P. Allen Smith and Bonnie Plants

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Published on Apr 10, 2012

http://bonnieplants.com P. Allen Smith demonstrates how to make a compost bin from a regular plastic trash can. The trash can compost bin on rollers provides as an easy way to make and use compost from yard and kitchen scraps.

I have to say I'm one of these people who love compost. Well, I should say, I love the result of compost. If you want a beautiful garden, you ought to be taking advantage of the things around your garden or yard.

Now, let me show you how to create a compost bin. If you've never done this before, it's really a lot easier than you think. What I'm starting out with here is about a 40 to 50 gallon standard trash bin and it's important you get one that has a lid with lid locks. Now I'll explain that in just a moment.

What I've done is I've gone around it and I've drilled these holes all the way around. I've used a three quarter inch bit and here in the top have used a half inch bit. This allows air to circulate through the bin itself. And you can see I have it sitting on a pair of concrete blocks. Again for air to get inside the compost which is an important component to making it. Now what you want to do is you want to use green and brown and alternate that. And what I
mean by that is green could be any sort of clippings from the garden or it could be scraps from the kitchen. You don't wanna put any sort of meat product or cooked vegetables in here. But things like the peelings of apples or carrots, the tops of carrots, that sort of thing, that qualifies as green. You wanna chop it up in tiny pieces and throw it in here with some brown. And the brown could be leaves that you rake up or straw or anything or pine needles that you have. So by layering those your are adding carbon and a source of nitrogen. Carbon the brown, nitrogen the green. Okay so you start layering it and then you can turn your compost quite
easily just by putting the lid on it, locking it down, and rolling it around. putting the lid on it, locking it down, and rolling it around. You can get too much compost in here and it makes it too difficult for you to move around. Or you can take a drill with an auger and turn the compost. You do that about every two weeks and in about eight to 12 weeks, depending what you put in here, you're gonna have some black gold. It's going to make your plants grow
like you can't believe.

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