If you’re a fan of making your own compost – and if you garden you should be – then building your own compost screen is the next step.

Compost screens can perform a few different functions. Firstly, they can have a broad mesh that allows most of the compost through but retains any larger uncomposted items such as chunks of bark or large twigs that found their way into the heap.

They also can be interchanged with a finer mesh that allows even smaller compost particles through to produce a high-quality potting mix or seed-raising mix for you. These screens are easy to use and if produced effectively can be stored away quite easily.

If you’re looking for some plans to build your own check out these very practical detailed tips from the Pennsylvanian DEP.