The best compost bin ever


Just what you want to read about on a children’s art blog, right? I realize compost doesn’t get everyone as excited as it does me, but it’s not every day that I get such a fancy new 3-bin compost system! Harry made this for me for my birthday and I love, love, love it. But then I’m hooked on gardening. Good compost makes good soil and good soil makes a good garden. I’m still a newbie at all this so here’s me trying to ramp up my composting and gardening another notch.


The front boards are removable which will make it much easier to use the finished compost than it was from our other bin. And with three bins, it’ll be a lot easier to turn the compost when needed and to just plain make more.

Here are the plans for the bin, in case any of you are inspired to make one for yourself (or cajole a significant other to do it for you). You can also add a lid, which we might do at some point.

By the way, if you’re in the area and into gardening, remember the herb festival this weekend at the farmer’s market. I’ve been the last couple years and they always have lots of everything — herbs, flowers, fruit bushes/trees, and vegetable starts. Definitely worth the trip and the crowds.

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    May 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Wow! That is awesome :) I had to share with my 5 year old son, because he is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the compost bin his Nana ordered for him! He is very into being earth friendly–he says your composting bins are “COOL”!
    Your hubby did a great job.

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    May 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    seriously, i love reading about compost.
    i’ve been putting it on my garden for the last two years or so and i think its finally starting to pay off…already my tomatoes are huge and look amazing.
    im definitely saving the plans for this bin…i know a significant other who can be cajoled.

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    May 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I’m so jealous. I made one about a month ago from a huge trash can and it’s almost too full to turn! I need one like yours. :) Have you seen the compost crocks for your kitchen counter (holds scraps till you’re ready to take them out)? I found one at goodwill…I was SUPER happy!

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    Jennifer Tan
    May 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I love this! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful set-up like this. Have fun composting!

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    May 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I love the look of the compost bin. Thanks for sharing the link. I think people who are interested in art and creativity are interested in gardening too. At least we are. :)

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    May 2, 2009 at 7:15 am

    This is exactly what I want for our compost area. Right now we just have one of those black plastic ones and it isn’t enough. Plus it’s awkward to turn.

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    May 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Best birthday gift ever! It’s beautiful and your yard and garden are so gorgeous. Happy belated birthday!

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    May 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Ooohhh! I’m jealous, that really is great! Maybe I should ask my hubby for one for my Mother’s Day gift!

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    May 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Compost bins and living frugally IS crafty and artful. Please keep these posts coming. And remember, being an artful parent is all about being an example to your wee ones of creative living, compost bins included. :-)

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    May 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    What a good guy. It looks beautiful! You have so much coming up in your garden already. I am planting the sunflower house tomorrow. I hope it works!

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    May 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Very nice composting set-up. Glad to see I am not alone in yearning for a composter for my birthday…hoping for a worm bin. Your spring garden is looking good. Happy Gardening!

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    May 3, 2009 at 11:48 am

    We love compost around here – your bins are way cool!

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    May 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    wow- I feel like a celebrity now, with my bin getting comments on Jean’s blog!!! thanks all, it was fun to make.

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    May 4, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Harry, I can’t wait to show these bins to my husband. Were going to spend his summer off from teaching in the garden and this is a great project to work on together.

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    May 4, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hi Jean,
    I just got my compost bin started back up again. We moved and it had been inactive for a few months. We planted our first garden this year. I am so excited about it. You can see pictures of my garden at
    By the way, loved your article in Mothering. It was awesome. I read many of those blogs daily (including yours). They are my daily dose of inspiration!

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    May 4, 2009 at 10:11 am

    That is the prettiest compost bin I have ever seen!

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    Amy B.
    May 4, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I am grass-clipping-green with envy!!!

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    May 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I am not the only one who writes about composting – :-) Feel free to check out my blog – I recently did a composting mama post

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    May 5, 2009 at 7:24 am

    That is amazingly awesome! I am sending this link to the hubs ASAP. He is about ready to start building our compost bin. I’m not sure what he is planning, but I love your three bin system.

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    May 5, 2009 at 9:02 am

    […] started yet. I just sent him this link to the one that Jeans husband made over at The Artful Parent. Isnt it […]

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    May 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    yes, thank you. your boards are so nice!!!!
    gardening in the summer becomes our canvas.

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    Our compost bin in progress The Garden at Squirrel Acorns
    May 19, 2009 at 11:51 am

    […] J-Squirrel is making it with Eastern White Cedar. Its based on the one that I saw on the Artful Parent blog. It will have three sections, and then we can move the compost down a section every other week, […]

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    the Inadvertent Farmer
    July 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I’m in the process of researching yet another compost bin design…yours is lovely! Thanks, Kim

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