My New Compost Bin

I built a new compost bin to keep things a little neater around here and hopefully for more efficient composting than I have had with wire rings of fencing or loose piles. The cost, with mostly free and “kickin’ around” materials, was “dirt cheap” (see what I did there?).

Attached 3 pallets together with shelf brackets. However, it's not going to look very nice in the backyard like it is. It looks like a pile of old pallets. Haha. ** there actually IS a pile of pallets too but I'll tackle that next**

Attached 3 pallets together with shelf brackets. However, it’s not going to look very nice in the backyard like it is. It looks like a pile of old pallets. Haha. ** there actually IS a pile of pallets too but I’ll tackle that next**

So I painted it. Barn Paint from WalMart. It comes in red or white. I didn't realize how expensive paint has gotten, but this was relatively cheap.

So I painted it. Barn Paint from WalMart. It comes in red or white. I didn’t realize how expensive paint has gotten, but this was relatively cheap.

 

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Lined it with wire fencing to help keep the pallets’ wide gaps from leaking.

 

Oops, I still need a front! That one will work.
Oops, I still need a front! That one will work.
Painted and lined with wire fencing. Painting pallets is not as simple as it would seem.
Painted and lined with wire fencing. Painting pallets is not as simple as it would seem.
Garden tools store in the side. I will eventually add dividers at the top and maybe a little shed-type roof to help keep them out of the weather.
Garden tools store in the side. I will eventually add dividers at the top and maybe a little shed-type roof to help keep them out of the weather.
Added screws to hang the smaller tools, etc.
Added screws to hang the smaller tools, etc.

 

 

That's better. I wired it on for now but later I will be adding hinges and a latch.
That’s better. I wired it on for now but later I will be adding hinges and a latch.
Whoo?
Whoo!?

 

    Notes

  • I forgot all about checking for stamps on the pallets to make sure the wood is not chemically treated. Hopefully the coat of paint will prevent any chemical leaching if it exists. I am not too concerned though.
  • I hope that painting it was a safe idea. I believe it’s an exterior latex. I’ll check later and update. I am still not overly concerned.
  • I will have to strengthen the front corners, but for now the front door being wired to them will give them the strength it needs…I hope.
  • There are many plans on the internet on the many ways to make compost bins out of pallets. Check Google and find the best ideas for you. My plan is based on a variety of different ones.

Hope you enjoyed!

2 thoughts on “My New Compost Bin

  • June 20, 2014 at 9:14 am
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    Thank you! Good luck to your daughter and son in law. That's a dream for me. I hope it all goes well for them.
    *jealous* lol

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  • June 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    My daughter and her husband bought ten acres over this past winter. And they're working on their first spring and summer garden. Together, they've already brought in squash, tomatoes, and some new potatoes. She's was making salsa yesterday. I don't know what's going to happen in the way of compost but I'm sure they'll do something. the compose bin looks great. I think the pallets should be okay.

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