Sunday, April 15, 2012

Compost Heap

I moved into a new house last fall, and I absolutely LOVE it!
I looked forward to this spring because I had so many ideas and plans
for the garden, one of which was to build a compost heap.

The back of the house had these two unusually placed 4'x4's
and I thought I would make use of them:

They were bolted to the back wall, and I used them as my frame.

I gathered my materials. All I ended up buying was a pack of zip ties and 50 deck screws.
I didn't use all the deck screws, not even close. I also picked up three pallets from my grocery store
and grabbed a contractor bag from my brother-in-law.

I used the contractor bag to line the wall between the posts (to protect the wood of the house from rotting). I then screwed two of the pallets into the the posts so they stood out from the wall at a 90 degree angle. Once I was sure they were secure and not going anywhere (about 4-6 screws on each side) I then zip tied the final pallet to the front creating a cube. I used reusable zip ties so that the front pallet can easily be removed allowing for easy access to the compost for turning and using in the future.

 I am extremely pleased with the way it turned out!
Now to tackle the rest of the garden to-do list.


  1. Fabulous! now tackle the rest of the garden ;)

  2. You are so clever! Pallets are the number one best thing for composting! Good for you!

  3. Bolted on the back wall was really an admirable idea of generally gives more support to the back wall...great ideas all around... :)

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