Soil sieves (or riddles) are useful for sifting out large lumps from soil, leaf mould and compost, to leave you with a fine material suitable for sowing seeds like salad leaves and sunflowers, or for potting mixes.
You should aim to make your soil sieve slightly bigger than your wheelbarrow so you can quickly work your way through a pile of compost, directly from the heap. Add a personal touch by painting in a colour of your choice.
Follow our five easy steps below, to create your own homemade soil sieve.
Soil sieves (or riddles) are useful for sifting out large lumps from soil, leaf mould and compost, to leave you with a fine material suitable for sowing seeds.
You Will Need
Treated timber (8m of 25mm x 50mm)
Wire mesh sheet, with 1cm holes
Wood screws (12mm x 40mm)
Measure your wheelbarrow, so you can build your sieve to fit comfortably across the top.
How to make a soil sieve – measuring the wheelbarrow
Cut the timber into eight pieces and fix them together to form two equal-sized rectangles. Smooth any sharp edges with sandpaper. Use pliers to cut the wire mesh to the same size as the frame.
How to make a soil sieve – cutting the wood
Paint the timber with wood stain to preserve it and add colour, then leave it to dry.
How to make a soil sieve – painting the wood
Set out the lower half of the timber frame on a flat surface and place the mesh on top.
How to make a soil sieve – adding the mesh
Screw the upper and lower parts of the frame together, sandwiching the mesh in-between.
How to make a soil sieve – screwing the frames together
Your sieve can also double as a drying tray in autumn and winter for onions, garlic, root crops and beans before you store them.