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How to build a Homemade Compost Bin with Wooden Pallets

By Edited May 29, 2014 1 0

Composting is not only a great way to contribute to the nutrients of your gardening soil, but it also goes a long way towards helping our environment. Soil that has compost added to it provides a healthier growing soil for almost all plants. Also, with composting, you're reducing the amount of waste that's going into the landfills. It's been estimated that doing composting at home can eliminate 50-75% of the waste that you would otherwise haul off to the dump.

Composting is basically a natural process whereby rotting or decaying waste or once-living plant life goes back into the soil. Many people set up their own homemade compost bins where they can dump waste from their kitchen, yard and garden. Typically you'll see things like banana peels, egg shells, unnecessary parts from fruit or vegetables, leaves and other waste inside a compost pile. In this article we'll tell you exactly how to build a homemade compost bin, so you can enjoy the benefits it provides your soil, and help the environment all at once.

There are various types of composting devices you can buy or build. Typically they are either bin or barrel designs. Some of the products on the market do a tremendous job, and speed up the process a lot. These include items like the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 bin which consists of a spinning plastic barrel bin. However, you can save yourself some money by making your own simple homemade compost bin as well. Many people use wood lumber scraps or even pallets to construct their compost bins. In this particular how to, we'll examine the wooden pallet compost bin. To build this you'll need four wooden pallets, 32 wood screws (or bailing wire), and four bolt latches.

Building this simple wooden pallet compost bin will take about 15-20 minutes at most. You may construct this on your own or enlist the help of a friend. Simply stand 3 of the wooden pallets up on their sides so they are upright. Make them into a box formation, standing up, by placing two of the pallet's edges against opposite sides of the third pallet. Wire or screw these 3 pallets together. Attach the bolt latches on the open front side of your bin. Next, take your fourth and final pallet and use that as your removable door. It really doesn't get much easier than that. From here you can simply fill your compost bin with various waste and let it turn into nutrient rich compost for use on your various vegetables, flowers and other plants!



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