Joe - black locust for compost bin

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Author: Joe Jenkins
Friday, July 07, 2006 - 1:04 pm
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My original bins were made from salvaged scrap lumber - anything I could scrape up. They lasted 15 years, although I had to replace a board once in a while. The side boards were attached to locust posts dug into the ground.

In Mongolia, we didn't even use posts, we just used 1" boards for uprights and nailed the side boards to the boards to make a box that sat on top of the ground.

Cypress would probably be great.

Author: scott
Tuesday, July 04, 2006 - 1:12 pm
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Joe, I am aware that you used black locust posts and side boards on your compost bins. I am going to be constructing a bin set up similar to yours this summer or fall. I have searched here in souteast ohio for black locust and can not locate. Is it available where you are? I would be willing to make a trip to your area (about 4 hours) to get a bunch of it if you know of a place (i also need extra locust posts to go completely around future garden so we can fence it against deer.

In holmes county (amish country - a 2.5 hour one way trip) i can buy cypress boards for 1.33 per board foot. However they do not have 3" or 4" type stock so I would need to nail a few together for the posts for the bin. But someone told me this week that cypress would rot much faster than black locust (although would do better than pine).

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