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Building a Compost Bin Out of Pallets

February 18, 2015

It may be too cold outside to plant, but it is the perfect time to plan for the hardscape structures you may want in your garden this spring. Winter projects bring warm thoughts of spring, which is exactly what a gardener needs this time of year. Adding a compost bin can make your gardening chores easier, and can recycle your leaves, clippings, and food scraps into garden fertility.

You don’t need anything more than recycled pallets and some basic hardware to get started. if you have the space we recommend a compost bin that has three separate holding stations, with each station holding compost in various stages of decomposition. A basic, single bay system can also be very effective. For an easy overview of building a single bay compost bin, watch the video below.

In the video, they show a hinged gate on the front of the compost bin. This is not necessary, but can help keep the pile tidy. You could also use chicken wire to create a front door which will also help keep critters out. Compost bins can be as simple  or elaborate as you want. Spend a little bit of time dreaming this winter about what your compost bin will look like.

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