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Breaking down wood pallets for compost bin 02.

Compost bin 01 is really “cooking”. We have been supplying material from our kitchen/home, we have a weekly supply of restaurant material from Cecilia’s Café (a friend of mine has a small place Downtown) and from time to time, we even get “waste” from the produce section of a Downtown grocery store. Compared to the level it was at the beginning of fall, bin 01 is breaking down nicely and on cool days if I turn it to get air mixed into it, you can actually see steam coming from the warm/hot center – amazing.

So we’ve been busy finding more pallets to dismantle with a new “saw-zall” I picked up from Harbour Frieght (love that store) so breaking them down without destroying them along the way is a lot more efficient. I have the boards just about all cut down to 48″ long and next is going to be the step of “notching” both ends so we can stack it up.


Compost bin 01.


Wood pallets arriving to be dismantled for bin 02.


Compost bin 01 “cooking” away .


One decision we made with the compost bins has to do with their orientation in the spot we chose to put them. We located them between the chicken coop and straw bale garden – close to the source of chicken poop as well as close to the growing vegetables/flowers. Instead of placing them adjacent to the east fence, however, we’re going to rotate them 45 degrees and make a type of longer barrier between the chicken yard and straw bale garden. It will add visual interest and become some fencing in that area. Sketch or actual photos to follow.


Wood pallets reduced to useable board lengths – notching the ends will be the last step before stacking them in place.


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