Make Your Own Backyard Compost Bin

A backyard compost bin is a gardener's best friend. Gardeners of all levels and gardens of all sizes can benefit from a compost bin, and you can easily make one for free or with little out of pocket cost.

When we first bought our house, making a compost bin was the first thing we did. We used wood from an old bed, and it held up for a while. Last year we finally got around to making a proper pallet compost bin, and it works much better.

pallet compost bin

Check the free section of your local Craigslist section to see, if any local companies offer up their pallets for free, or simply check out local warehouses, as stores and companies around warehouses often have pallets they would love for you to take.

When making your backyard compost bin, it is essential that you give yourself access to the bin on one side. You can either leave one part open, cut a pallet in half for one side, or use a piece of plywood.

How To Make A Compost Bin:
  1. Get 3 or 4 pallets free from local companies
  2. Attach the 3 pallets together either with nails or zip ties 
  3. Then either cut the fourth pallet in half and attach it to make a cube with easy access, or use zip ties to attach only one side, so that you can open up the last pallet for access.

What To Put In Compost Bin:
  • You can add any greens from your household
  • Clean eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper
  • Chicken, cow, horse and rabbit manure
  • Leaves
  • Grass cuttings (if no fertilizer is used) 
  • Wood chips

What Not To Put In Your Compost Bin:
  • Meat
  • Weeds
  • Diseased plants
  • Pet Feces
  • Dairy products

We've heard others advise against adding orange peels, citrus peels and onion, because the acidity may kill worms and other micro organisms. We do not follow this rule though, as we eat a lot of citrus and onions, and our compost has plenty of worms in it. We even use our citrus peels for fertilizing many of our plants.

We love our backyard compost bin, and so do our chickens and the squirrels. It saves us a lot of money, it helps our garden grow better, and we prevent a lot of methane from being released by keeping the kitchen scraps out of local landfills.

chicken in compost bin

We've always had our compost bin inside the chicken coop. This way they chickens get first picks, the squirrels get seconds, and what's left is a well-turned compost pile.

avocado tree 3 years old

At The Land we have a huge composting project going on, and we have even created a community compost pile out by the street that a few of our neighbors are actually using.

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Do you compost?