How to Make a Twig Composter

By Tricia Goss
eHow Contributing Writer

Composting has numerous benefits for your garden as well as for the environment. Adding compost to your garden can protect plants from pests and disease. In addition, along with enriching the soil, composting helps rid contaminants from the soil and pollutants caused by landfills. All of these benefits spring from using materials you might normally throw in the garbage. There are many types of composters available, but a functional, attractive composter can be created using little more than twigs from your own backyard.


  1. Step 1

    Choose a suitable location for the composter. A location far enough from the house (and the neighbor's) to keep odors at bay is a good idea, but keep it close enough that it will be easy to deposit scraps.

  2. Step 2

    Pound the garden stakes or branches into a square or rectangle, outlining the desired shape and size of the composter. These will be the main supports for the composter.

  3. Step 3

    Hammer a dozen or so thick twigs or smaller branches in between the supportive stakes or branches. These will be the lesser supports.

  4. Step 4

    Start at the bottom of a corner of the composter supports. Weave a twig around the branches and stakes until you reach the end of the twig. Start with the next twig where the first one ended. Continue weaving the twigs around the stakes and branches, picking up where the last one left off and moving upward each time you get back to the first corner.

  5. Step 5

    Trim off any twigs that have protruding ends. Use pieces of twine to tie together areas that seem loose or require extra support.

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