Having a big garden means that there is a larger need for good composting. Black gold made from the cast off trimmings, refuse and yard waste that decays into a wonderful mass of fertilizing goodness. So it was inevitable that I should decide to make a compost bin to accommodate everything that we could throw at it. I looked around and found some great plans for pallet compost bins. Reuse and recycle was the thought behind this project. The hardest part of this was finding some free pallets in town that no one wanted. I had found some places that were asking $10 a pallet but my thought was that I did not want to spend $80 bucks on this project. I finally found a place that was more than willing to part with the pallets because they had been sitting outside for over a year. The only thing I needed to do was to transport them to house.
Once the weather broke and the garden plan was created I moved the pallets to the back of the garden and started to work. The plan called for 8 pallets to create a 3 bin composter. I took the roughest pallet and started to remove the individual boards but it was taking some time so I just took my reciprocating saw and cut each board down to half the size. The roughest pallet was going to be used to join each of the pieces together. I took three pallets and created the back and then four pallets were used to make the dividers. Once complete I used the saw again to cut two pallets in half to make the front of each bin. I thought using half would create enough of bin and still allow us to move the compost through each stage.
The final product turned out very decent. The only thing I would add is a couple hinges and latches to the front of each bin so that we can open them up easier when it is time to get the compost out. However, for the cost of a few screws and some sweat equity for two hours the end result should allow us to reuse and recycle yard waste into compost.