Thursday, February 10, 2011

Build a compost bin from pallets

Someone is thinking about spring. I'll bet you can't guess who. (it's me!!!!)
I think one of the signs farming is in your blood is when you feel guilty throwing away apple cores. "This would make great compost!"
One of these years I will get a fancy tumbler that will make some black gold in a few weeks, but until then I have 2 big piles in my yard.
One is the "heap" where stuff gets thrown and the other is the compost "bin". The bin consists of 5 pallets loosely put together where we get a bit more scientific about what goes in there and try to have a good ratio. But I'd like it to look prettier. So I'm going to attach the pieces with heavy duty zip ties and paint the pallets. It sort of looks like the picture below. Only with pallets more leaning on each other and more old looking.
I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't.

Ours is set up a little differently. We have one half of the bin full and the other empty because we find it's easier to turn it if we can just rotate it between sides. Find what works best for you.
Also, check out:

There's also this VERY handy sheet you can print out to help you make your ideal compost. I'll admit, since I'm kitchen scrapping, I tend to have waaaay too much nitrogen in my compost. I LOVE having this list! (if the link doesn't work try reloading it. I had to)

I want to get a worm bin but I have no where to keep it in the winter. Maybe someday I'll get hardcore and keep it in the kitchen.
Do you compost what do you use? Anyone here used a small scale kitchen composter???


  1. I would love,love, LOVE to compost, but I have nowhere to use it.

    I've been reading Your Money or Your Life, and I just keep thinking, "If we had money, we could buy land, and GROW THINGS! THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE!"

  2. Thank you for posting this. Jesse and I want to start composting this year, but neither of us knows anything about it. We've started saving kitchen scraps, but that's about it.

  3. Hi I stumbled across your blog via google. Have you heard about Bokashi composting? I already compost via the traditional route.. I too made bins out of pallets.. Looking into Bokashi composting too in order to reduce even more waste.