Comments On - Build a Compost Bin from Wooden Pallets

I use this idea for a bin and customized for my situation. It works great and after about 2.5 years continues to hold up. And, the entire project costs me only the price of zip ties because the local Co-op gave me 6 pallets for free. Love it!
SteveSWAlabama, Atmore, AL
Posted: 8/2/2015 1:43:39 PM
I did this myself with just a few changes. I put this in the corner of my garden so I didn't use the pallet on the bottom or put up the netting. I used zip ties to hold it while I put brackets to hold the top and bottom. It is actually very sturdy since my pallets have supports on both sides unlike the ones in the video which just has a couple on the back. I also put mine with the boards going horizontal on all the boards so it looks nice. I'm happy with how it turned out and would have posted pics if I could.
Jodi, DL, MT
Posted: 10/15/2013 10:32:16 AM
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Jason, Greenbough, AL
Posted: 5/5/2013 2:55:31 PM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 9/30/2012 9:31:10 AM
Well, I do have a stack of pallets. This sounds like a great idea.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 9/15/2012 11:46:31 PM
Wouldn't it be more effective to put the netting on the inside? That is how I do it, as I have had a big problem with the "ingredients" falling out when I had it on the outside. This is an issue for me, as all of my composting and gardening is done on cement. Thanks for the great video, though! I have shared it with all my FB friends.
Steve, Torrance, CA
Posted: 1/1/2011 12:25:42 PM
Forget the bottom pallet, use heavy duty zip ties or wire and forget the netting. I have 3 of them and it took me 30 minutes to set up all 3 they work great and can't beat the cost!
Doug, King Ferry, NY
Posted: 12/31/2010 1:00:13 PM
The problem with the bottom pallet can be solved with the garden netting or chicken wire. Just staple it to the bottom. Also, the door doesn't seem necessary--it would save some money and time if that part was omitted. If you slipped a large tray through that bottom pallet, too, "compost tea" can be collected, watered down, and sprayed onto plants--the beneficial microbial content of it is ever so helpful.
Austin, Chicago, IL
Posted: 9/19/2010 10:12:19 AM
I agree with Wendy, I would leave off the bottom pallet. Also, I would make the "door" the full pallet or at least make both halves moveable in order to ease removal and turning of the compost. Also, your list of materials should include the straping hinges and garden netting. The idea is good and I am building a series of these for my farm with the adjustments I have suggested. If this bin is too large for a smaller yard perhaps it could be divided in half and two smaller bins created?
Debbie, Ranger, TX
Posted: 9/16/2010 8:44:41 AM
looks like a great idea but are you putting a pallet on the bottom. If so what about what falls thru the bottom pallet and how do you remove finished compost?
wendy, smyrna, NC
Posted: 9/9/2010 8:59:12 AM
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