Plant Care Tips : How to Make a Compost Bin From a Garbage Can

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from,
and next we’re going to talk about how to make a compost bin out of a garbage can. Now,
not all of us have a lot of room where we can set aside a large area for our compost
area. A lot of us live in smaller lots, and we still want to compost. A garbage can will
work really well as a composter, as well. But there’s a few things that you should do
with it. So first of all, I wait until they’re on sale, and look around, and you can find
garbage cans for pretty reasonable price. But you’ve gotta make sure that there’s air.
Because right now, there’s absolutely no air going through. The first thing you want to
do is take your electric drill and drill some holes. So you make sure that you’ve got holes
all over your garbage can. You can also take a hammer and a nail, and put holes in it as
well. But you go all the way around, on the bottom and the sides of the garbage can and
drill some holes. Okay, so once you’ve got a lot of holes, your garbage can can be used
as a composter. And it’s so simple! So I’ve holes in the bottom, I’ve got holes on the
sides, so that air can get through. So, I’ve already been dead-heading all of my plants,
so whether it’s grass clippings or leaves, I’m throwing ’em in there. I’m throwing all
the pieces that I’ve put in there from cutting off all the dead plants. Some more leaves,
some more dirt, and I just keep adding it to it. Now the key with I’ve found with composting,
is, the dried material together’s not going to do a whole lot. It’ll just dry and you’ll
just have dry material. So you’ve actually gotta add water, or add some wet soil, or
you can even add wet newspapers. And the key is to have a mix of brown and green and dried
materials. So if you’ve grass clippings, you should have leaf clippings. If you’ve got
dead leaves from your garden, you can…should have some grass or some real wet material
in there. And you mix it all up. And so, periodically, too, put this on the…away from everything
else, and you just shake it up. So just by shaking up the material inside, too, you’re
giving it some air. And the air is really needed for items to compost. You can put your
apples, you can put your tomatoes or your lettuce or anything else that comes out of
your house, that’s not meat or cheese, and just vegetables or fruit in there as well.
And I like to cut ’em up into smaller pieces, and they will eventually break into compost,
as well. So it could take up to six months for this to break down in to good soil. But
I keep saving it. Eventually, I start new flower beds that way. So as soon as this is
all broken down, I’ll put it on top of an area that’s…doesn’t have a flower bed now,
and eventually I can start a new flower bed with my own compost. It’s as easy as that.

9 thoughts on “Plant Care Tips : How to Make a Compost Bin From a Garbage Can

  1. Another video said to make holes on the sides. How many holes on the bottom and sides and how big a hole? Thanks in advance.

  2. @HackerGuitarist I don't think she used a drill bit.. looks like she was drilling with a phillips screwdriver bit…. doh!

  3. I have a water butt that started to leak, now seeing this I can use it as a compost bin :o)) 
    Oh! How high up the bin should I drill the holes? x Jackie x 

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