How to Build a Compost Fence

Would this work?

“DIRECTIONS FOR BUILDING A COMPOST FENCE Courtesy of Boy Scouts from Troop 348 MATERIALS: 4×6 fence posts (can use 6×6 also). 4 inch x 4 inch galvanized steel “hogwire” (comes in 4 foot x 6 foot sheets from farm equipment stores) Get enough for 2 layers for each section of fence. 1 x 4 facing boards-(1x 6 if you use 6×6 posts). 2 boards for each post long enough to cover the above ground portion of each post. large nail-pound staples to attach hogwire. nails to attach the facing boards. crushed rocks to anchor the posts. If posts are treated, get end sealer to treat cut surfaces. DIRECTIONS Cut posts to desired lengths. Taper top ends by cutting approximately 30 degrees off the 4 inch sides (which face front and back.) The 6-inch sides are the thickness of the fence where the compost will go. Treat cut surfaces if desired. Dig holes and anchor posts into the ground with the 4 inch sides facing forward. Cut hogwire to the exact width between the centers of the posts for each section. Height should be 2-3 inches below the cut surface of the post. Cut two sheets for each section. Attach hogwire to posts with large staples. (One sheet on the front and one sheet on the back). Cut faceboards to approximately one inch below the cut surface of the post. Taper the top edge of the faceboard. Treat faceboards if desired. Attach faceboards to cover seams in the hogwire. Fill inside of fence with compost as desired.”

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14 thoughts on “How to Build a Compost Fence”

  1. OK. I’ve never heard of a compost fence. Seems like the idea would not be to harvest the material – ever…. so what is the purpose?

    1. I have seen gardeners plant zucchini or cucumber plants in these structures. The vines grow out to cover the wire mesh. As more leaf/grass material is added, more soil is produced for the crops. It’s ingenious !

  2. The woody material breaks down slowly over time, releasing a fine dust of composted material at the bottom of the fence that slowly leaches into the garden.

  3. I have never heard of a compost fence…..seems like a lot of work with little rewards….I do see how beautiful it could look if it were planted with flowers or vegetables. Wire is not cheap. Why not just make a compost bed OR a fence?

  4. Dan F. from Minnesota

    Hmmmm. Seems interesting idea. I could use it for the rear of the garden boxes. It could be double up as the deer barrier to keep the deer from sneaking up in rear. And I like someone’s comment about putting zucchini and cucumber on the inside side. Hmmmmm!

  5. Becky Troutman

    I would be interested in hearing from the Boy Scouts Troup 348. How did the fence work. If it is working properly you should need to replenish the material.

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  8. I love this idea. We actually have the space, but our neighbor is allowed to camp on his lot without water and sewer…….this is a great neighbor divider because you can make it high enough to cover his junk! Just an added benefit to all the other benefits you have given us. Thanks for your time and energy in sharing

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