Garden ‘Beehive’ Composter.

One of the things that’s sadly lacking in my garden is a composter to take advantage of that nutritious garden & kitchen waste which gets thrown in the (green)bin instead of being recycled for use outside in the garden.

I started looking at large plastic barrel type composters you see in most garden centres but I really didn’t like the plastic look to them and found that they looked a bit flimsy – especially around the connection joints.

I did think about making my own using the tried and tested method of stacked wooden shipping pallet but I really didn’t like the look of some of the examples i’d seen (looks o.k. in a very large garden where it be tucked away somewhere but in my little plot it might look a bit too rustic!)

I was watching a gardening program and saw that they were using composters that had been fabricated to look like traditional wooden Beehives. Perfect for what I wanted, practical & looks great.

A quick look online shows that there’s plenty of mail order companies that who can supply these, ready built or flat packed as well as painted in a range of modern and traditional colors.

The downside is that all of the examples I looked at were very expensive and i really didn’t want to be paying these kinds of prices (especially as i was thinking about having two). So…another research session online and I came across a few examples where folk had made their own and thought it would be great to try myself.

Here’s a link t o the one I used as reference –

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/soil/msg0423230919694.html

I decided to make each of the five stackable section using four 24″ x 6″ wall sections with the lid acting as a sixth section. Each wall section was cut at an angle on both ends so that the top was 1″ shorter than the bottom. I 1″ thick battons using a scrap wood out of the garage and cut each one, one inch smaller than the 6″ wall section. This would allow for a 1″ gap so that each wall section could stack on top of each other and be secure without falling over.

You’d think in June, we’d be spoilt for dry days but had to wait a few before i could set up shop out in the yard.

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Lid setup, treated and ready for painting.

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Two coats of ‘Weatherseal’wood preserve – ‘cream tea’

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Ready for use and waiting to be fed!

 

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    […] first attempt at making my own since and starting my heap last year (see previous blog post – Beehive Composter) and the results look pretty similar when compared to other diy compost photos i found online so […]


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