…I made this easy compost sifter 😉 If you’re composting in one pile like I am, you might wonder how to separate the finished compost from the stuff that’s still decaying. Okay, maybe you didn’t, but I did, and so I did some digging… on the internet that is, and came up with this idea based on a couple that I saw.
Here’s what you need to make your own: 1×2’s cut to the length of your wheelbarrow (mine are 3 ft long), hardware cloth (I’m using 1/2 inch cause I had some left over, I’ll letcha know how that goes) cut to the width of your wheelbarrow and the length of your 1×2’s (mine is a little narrower, but again, leftovers!), wire snips, work gloves so you don’t get poked by the hardware cloth as you cut it, staple gun and short staples 1/2 inch or less (remember 1×2’s are only about 3/4 of an inch thick, often a bit less!)
Step 1: Measure wheel barrow length from the middle of the front to the middle of the back between the handles (you want the longest length of the barrow). Measure width of wheel barrow across the widest point.
Step 2: Cut 1×2’s if you haven’t already to the longest part of the wheelbarrow.
Step 3: Cut hardware cloth (wear gloves! if you don’t and you get scratched or jabbed, don’t come cryin’ to me, you’ve been duly warned *shakes finger), to the length of the 1×2’s and the width of the wheelbarrow.
Step 4: Staple hardware cloth at both ends to one of the 1×2’s like so:
Then staple every 4 inches or so up the whole 1×2 and repeat with the other side, and voila! Compost sifter.
and here’s what it looks like on my wheelbarrow with my dog sniffing it. (the dog sniffing it is not an essential part to finishing it, but it helps.
And if you missed my earlier post on how to compost and build an easy composter, check it out here.
Now go in peace to make some dirt and plant! (It’s Sunday, what can I say…)