|Wooden Pallet Compost Bin|
Compost is a cornerstone of organic allotment growing - as I've stated before on this blog.
An allotment or garden should have at least one compost bin - and two, or even three even better.
If time or space do not yet allow - a simple compost heap is better than nothing.
You can then recycle weeds and the remains of crops back into the soil over time. Basic sustainability - weeds and crops take nutrients out of the ground, compost puts them back.
The advantage of having at least two bins is that one can be filled then left to rot down into good compost, while the second is filled day to day. Bin one can be emptied of compost when ready, the contents of bin two turned over into it and so the cycle starts again.
This allows me to recycle kitchen and garden waste without having to transport it out to my allotment.
These are generally fairly easy to get for free if you ask around local businesses - they often have these hanging around and are glad to get rid of them.
Think about it carefully because, while they can be moved later, it will be a major pain. Clear and level the chosen space as needed.
Repeat the above process for the two sides of the bin. Use additional lengths of wire to secure the three pallets together.
Line the three inside faces with cardboard, secured with wire and /or short galvanised nails.This will improve insulation, retain heat and so speed up composting.
Before adding the front pallet, load in any compost material that you already have.
Add the front pallet, dug into a trench, but you could leave out the stakes as it will make removing this side easier. You might want to remove the front later when you dig out the finished compost.