Five used pallets became the “bones” of the new structure. Three pallets were erected for the back of the structure and one on each side. The front was left open for easy access. Two 5-foot metal fence posts were driven between the openings in the pallets to hold them in place.
This is the best time of the year to begin filling a compost pile. Material is readily available, and the compost produced is necessary if you want to keep your garden soil healthy year after year. Plants need revitalization every spring, and rich compost fills the bill.
The “mother load” for this project is leaves from the trees in your lawn. The best way to remove the leaves from the lawn for use in the compost bin is to bag them as you mow the grass. This mixes the brown matter with green matter, the recipe for good compost.
If you do not have many trees in your lawn, gather bags of leaves from your neighbors when they place them by the curb for pickup. The leaves break down better if you run over them with your lawn mower before placing them in the bin.
The best type of leaves for a bin are maple, birch and fruit trees. Try to avoid oak leaves because they tend to be acidic.
Following Halloween you can discard your pumpkins into your compost pile. Clear your vegetable and flower gardens and cut this material into small pieces and it on your pile.
Keep a bucket with a tight lid handy in the kitchen to gather egg shells, coffee grounds, vegetable peelings and vegetable leftovers.
Periodically, add a layer of soil to the bin. Turning the pile monthly with a pitch fork or shovel will speed up the decomposition. If the heavens do not provide at least an inch of rain a week, watering the bin with the hose is necessary.
In the spring you will have some “black gold” to enrich your garden soil.