Monday, April 29, 2013

Compost Bin from Pallets

So our house used to actually be a landscaping business. That means we have a ton of random trash in our backyard, but some of that trash is helpful. For example, when you want to build a compost bin but you don't want to spend money because you're broke right after moving and buying unexpected appliances and expensive paint. Hypothetically speaking here of course. Haha.

Jake's mom suggested we make a compost bin out of some of the many rotting pallets we have lying around. So Jake gathered up 4 of the less rotten ones and screwed them together. Super easy. Then (per some research we have done) we gathered up some dead branches/rotting logs we had lying around and threw them in there along with newspapers we had accumulated from packing fragile things with our move, random leaves, and the kitchen compost.

Now, let me say a word about kitchen compost. This is the Hippie Homestead after all. We ARE going to recycle, and part of that includes your food leftovers. So I bought this exciting little treasure at Target for $29.99 and it now abides on my kitchen counter. "GROSS!" you may say. Well, no. I do line it with a plastic bag (which immediately hits the trash can once emptied), and the lid has a charcoal lining so you can't smell ANYTHING...until you open it up to dump stuff inside of course. All that to say, I highly recommend this product. You could find it at World Market or probably Bed Bath and Beyond (and use a 20% off coupon) but I just picked mine up while at Target.
Here's the link:

Happy Composting!
Our beautiful and crazy backyard.

He's pretty handsome I think. =)

Sorting through to find useable pallets.

Standing them up and screwing them together.

First layer—branches/logs/newspaper

Gathering leaves

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