Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Compost Bins Project

Compost Bins Project:

Compost, compost, compost! If you are growing anything at all, from a window herb container garden, to your perennial flower bed, if you have the space you can compost, and you don't need a lot of space! It’s the easiest way to reduce the amount of waste your household creates, and doing so recycles those nutrients back into your soil. Since we've been here three weeks, we have filed only two 32 gallon trash bags, one with recyclables  and one with non-recyclable/non-compostable trash. Given that, I don't think we'll be signing up for trash pick-up out here.

I will not give you a run-down on composting, here you can find what you can and cannot compost, and here you can find how to manage it to create your own “black gold”. My basic recommendations are: shred everything, keep your ingredients as moist as a sponge, and turn often, about once a week.

We re-purposed the previous owner’s burn bin into a temporary compost bin, until we could find free wooden pallets to make our own compost bins out of. Using 6 pallets, we made 2 areas large enough for our future tractor’s loader to fit in, for turning the compost. As you can see, we’re in the process of raking up all the leaves we can for future compost.

           Now what should we do as with the other 8 pallets…?


  1. Cut a couple pallets with the running of the boards and use for railed shelving to hold items in your storage areas. Great for small items that are hard to keep track of our can be cut down to smaller widths to fit inside doors, etc. for things you need like gloves, hand tools, flashlights, feed jars, etc. :)

  2. Great idea Lisa! We picked up some more pallets a few days ago, we're thinking of using a table saw to cut them thinner, and use them as stakes for tomato trellising. We'd also like more shelving, of course. Once we've got the big chicken coop all set up, we'd like to use half of it for feed storage, (once we've grown some feed, lol) like this: http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/upload/255086766365021445_T9ZLHEpD.jpg