Remember I told you I met a woman that will deliver free horse crap to me? I know another woman that will deliver free wooden pallets. Free horse poop + free pallets = free compost. I love that action! Here are the art-exhibit-worthy, utilitarian wooden pallet compost bins I built.
That’s a total of 8 pallets. I built two bins, one pallet down the middle, and stripped boards off the 8th pallet to hold it all together. I’ve bought compost before, it’s expensive. This compost will cost me nothing. Well … to the left of the pick you see a pile of screened loam. I did buy that to mix a little in as I hear that adds precious microbes (or something like that) that help kick start the compost action. A little bit of loam is about as high-tech as my composting gets, though. I know some people like to get professional about it by measuring it’s temperature, keeping it damp, etc., but that’s not my approach.
This is my approach to composting – throw kitchen scraps, some grass clippings, manure, Satan’s Straw, little screened loam, leaves and other misc. “brown” material like small twigs, rotting wood, etc. Then I leave it. I’ll turn the compost in those bins probably 3 times next year, once in the spring, mid-summer and again next fall. Then I’ll use it in Garden 2012. This isn’t the fastest approach, but my time is needed on 8,259,344 other projects (like updating this blog) that the longer-term, less effort approach works for me. Some people might find pallet compost bins like those, sitting next to horse shit, to be unsightly in a backyard. I friggin’ love it.
Pallets are awesome. They’re free and can be used for all sorts of things. People have gotten really creative with them. Did I mention they’re free?
Scroll down this post to see all kinds of sheds people have built with pallets. It’s all hardwood, so people good in the wood shop have made attractive furniture from them, bird houses, fences, the list goes on and on. I know some folks that live near the poverty line. The old man has access to stacks upon stacks of used pallets that he can get delivered. He chunks them all up for his wood stove as a free heat source. They burn hot, so you have to be careful with burning too many at once in a wood stove, but a lot of people do it to save money.
Free compost bins and free wood heat – are there other survival-oriented uses for wooden pallets?
– Ranger Man
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