With a little assistance, fallen leaves can be transformed into wonderful free compost for the garden. All you need is a simple compost bin.

TOOLS

  • circular saw
  • staple gun
  • pitchfork

MATERIALS

  • 2×2 pressure-treated boards
  • leaves
  • chicken wire

INTRODUCTION

Learn About Leaf Mold

Fallen leaves make wonderful free compost. Composted leaves contain leaf mold, which has high amounts of calcium and magnesium, both important to healthy plant growth. Leaf mold also retains moisture that, when added to garden soil, helps young plants stay hydrated.

STEP 1

Determine Bin Placement

Determine where the compost bin will be built. Ideally, it will be on soil, in full or partial sun, and near the garden. The farther away the bin is from the garden bed, the more hauling that needs to be done. Measure out a 4′ square in the ground and mark the corners.

STEP 2

Create the Bin Frame

With a circular saw, cut a point onto the ends of four 2″ x 2″ x 5′ pieces of lumber. This will make it easier to drive the lumber into the ground. Use a hammer to drive one stake into each corner of the 4′ square marked onto the ground. Drive each stake 12″ into the ground, trying to keep each one straight and square to one other.

STEP 3


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