If you have a yard or a garden, you have plant debris. If you have a kitchen, you have kitchen scraps. Rather than let it go to waste, build a compost bin to create the ultimate plant food. Compost consists of decomposed plant matter and is excellent as a soil supplement and fertilizer. You can build a shipping pallet compost bin from recycled wood for a minimal expense.
TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Kathy Bosin adds, "In order to create a working compost pile, you need plant materials, green and brown, mixed in a pile that is at least 3 ft. high by 3 ft. wide by 3 ft. deep. Make sure you place your compost pile in a location where you can remove the walls to get in and turn the pile using a shovel or fork. Decomposition occurs faster when you turn the pile regularly."
Step 1 - Lay the Foundation
Pick an appropriate spot for the bin and lay down 1 pallet as a floor. This will keep your compost up off the ground and allow for better air circulation.
Step 2 - Line the Pallets
On the side that will be inside the bin, line the pallets (including the floor) with chicken wire to protect your compost from rabbits, rats and other animals that may attempt to get to it. Staple the mesh in place.
Step 3 - Secure the Bin Walls
Stand 4 pallets on end, lined up with 4 sides of the floor pallet, to create the walls of the compost bin. Secure the standing pallets to each other with 2 hinges at each outside corner. Don't worry if the pallets don't swing like doors. Instead, you'll remove the hinge pins to move the pallets and access the pile.