Earthworm Living

Homemade Compost Bin
March 19, 2011, 6:33 pm
Filed under: compost, gardening, Outside, yard

Homemade Compost Bin

I know there are a lot of plans for DIY compost bins out there. Probably many of them are much better than mine, but does what we need it to do (mostly) and is easy as pie to set up.

It is made of a roll of wire “fencing”, (the kind that is used to help house some sort of animals, maybe chickens), stakes, wire, and cinder blocks (optional). We got our materials from Lowes Home Improvement center and Home Depot. 

The stakes are placed in the corners and the fencing is wrapped around the stakes to make the sides of a “box”. The two are secured together using the wire. *I recommend having the fencing that goes around the sides meet up in one of the front corners. This allows you to be able to detach the front wall of the box and shovel into the pile from the front.* Another section of fencing is attached to the top as a lid.

We eventually decided to add a layer of cinderblocks around the outside of the bottom. This had 2 benefits: keeping the sides from bowing out from the weight of the compost and making it really hard for any animals to try to dig their way under the box walls.

It’s not much to look at and it’s a simple design, but it does the trick.

The current bin:


The current bin alongside the old bin with the compost can from the kitchen waiting to be emptied:



Making HandPrint Stepping Stones
April 17, 2010, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Crafts, gardening, Outside, yard

Making HandPrint Stepping Stones

We recently had a big time making concrete stepping stones for the yard. We started with a simple kit from Hobby Lobby that was just 8 lbs of quick setting concrete. This kit will make either 1  12 in stepping stone or 2  8 in stepping stones. We decided to make the 8 in stepping stones. Along with the concrete mix we also needed molds and any decorations we would want to use on them. These also came from Hobby Lobby.

Since we were making two 8 in stepping stones we divided the concrete in half for use in two molds, making sure to not spill.

Add the water and mix the concrete thoroughly. Be careful to not splash since this is real concrete.

Smooth the concrete so it’s ready for handprints, decorations, and writing. If you end up with too much water you can use paper towels to blot the excess water from the surface. (We didn’t learn this trick until it was too late for our too wet stones.)

The son’s finished product waiting to dry.

The daughter’s finished product waiting to dry (and yes, she knows that the flowers and grass will eventually dry up).

We had a great time making stepping stones for the yard. Now I want a sea of personalized stepping stones from the kids for my yard. Good times! 🙂

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