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My Garden: Compost Bins From Pallets

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I have a wonderful set of plans for building a three-bin composter. The plans call for purchasing various sizes of cedar, chicken wire and various hinges to make a very nice compost bin. The plans even call for purchasing a sheet of clear corrugated fiberglass to make a cover for the whole thing. The directions must be pretty old as they claim the total price would only be $130! We like to make things with what we can find for free! Luckily close to our home is a source of free pallets. The pallets are left in a certain spot and they are free for the taking. Recently we noticed a huge pile and decided to bring a few (12) home and make our own compost bin!

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Free Pallets

First we located a level spot not too far from the garden or the chicken coop. The pallets were laid in place and wired together to give us idea of the size and space needed.

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Sides wired together

The ground was them leveled in a few spots and one of the pallets was taken apart to provide scraps of wood to actually attach the sides together.

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Using scraps to attach the sides together.

Once the sides were attached together we were ready to begin composting! If you are wondering why we like to compost go back and read my post called Why Compost? I would ask why not!

As you can see Riley approved of the final project! As the bins fill up with compost we have extra pallets on hand to make a gate across the front to hold the compost in.

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Three Bin Composter

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16 Responses to My Garden: Compost Bins From Pallets

  • Love this, and I am getting ready for compost bins, this will help. Thanks.

  • LaVoice says:

    I admire you far getting out and building your compose bins. I would never accomplish it.

  • Carol Hansen says:

    Wonderful idea.

  • Nancy says:

    Thanks Carol!

  • candice says:

    thats great….I probably have enough space for such a project…..and free is the best price of all. nice work! Now, i just have to get my husband to regularly put our lawn clipping in my compost instead of the blue bin…..:)

  • Debbie says:

    What a great idea! So much better than what we use right now, a 3 part system like you…started out with wood sides but after years they have been obliterated with the compost (we generate a lot of scraps from the gardens and kitchen) We didn’t make them tall enough and they are all into each other. Oops, time to rip it all apart and start fresh. Thanks for the tips & tricks!

  • Hi Nancy: Beautiful compost bins, and I love that you used free, recycled materials to construct them! I wish I had as much room as you do in which to create compost, but I do have one good-sized pile and another in a large wire cage. Take care–have a wonderful weekend!

  • Our old compost “system” was a giant pile of garden, lawn, and chicken coop ingredients that were hapazardly thrown into a vacant corner of the yard. (our “farm” is only just under one acre) We have been talking about building something more useful and that looks a bit more purposeful than what appears to be nothing more than a giant scrap heap! Thanks for sharing! I’m showing this to hubby when he comes home from work. We have a good source of free pallets close by as well.

  • Sarah says:

    Looks just like mine! Except ours in only 2 parts. With all the hay/straw/clipping we might have to add another though

  • Nancy says:

    Now I have to fill the bin with compost, previously we also had a large pile of leaves and bedding from the chickens!

  • Heather says:

    I am hoping to do this very thing as soon as I can find a source for pallets :-)

  • April says:

    What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Kathy says:

    This is a fantastic use of these very versatile pallets! Love seeing all the many uses – your post will be featured in this weeks Home and Garden Thursday post – I appreciate you sharing,
    Kathy

  • Nancy says:

    Thanks Kathy!

  • Hannah says:

    This looks like a great way to make a bin using free materials! I have one question about the pallets: do you know if the wood is typically chemically treated? When I heard that pallets might be, I wondered how good this would be for our organic garden in case the pallets leached into the finished compost….Anyone know?

  • Nancy says:

    Hannah, you can do a google search to find out more info but here it a site I found:http://www.improvisedlife.com/2010/10/05/the-scoop-on-safe-shipping-pallets-shipping-pallets-101/

    Basically we get our pallets from a local brewry and they are not pressure treated or chemically treated. They should be fine for our compost bins. They are made from oak. You want to know where younpallets are coming from.

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