How? ‘Or’ What make a composter ? What is a composter? Compost is often treated like “the gardener’s black gold.” In fact, the most important thing in your garden, in the forest and on the planet is the soil … Composting is recycling organic waste from your home and garden. The idea is to pile them up in heaps so that they decompose. This transformation process is an excellent, natural and quality fertilizer. Compost lightens and nourishes the soil. Composting is being wise and respectful of nature !
Making a composter is simple and ecological !
Composted organic matter will make your plants healthier and more disease resistant. The more different elements you compost, the more fertilizing the compost will be. Degraded by microorganisms, organic matter is transformed into a substance rich in nutrients. There are several methods of composting: in heaps (if you have a large garden), in silos (for small spaces) or on the surface.
Consider placing your composter in the shade. If it’s in the sun and it’s too hot, it will dry out. It must be watered and covered. It is important to have good humidity and good ventilation. Your compost bin must be in constant contact with the soil because it is the source of microorganisms: larvae, insects, fungi and bacteria will happily come into your compost. The ideal is to have two composts. When fermentation is complete in the first tank, you can fill the second !
Making a wooden composter means respecting the earth and nature
What are the “right ingredients” for successful compost? Almost all household plant and organic waste is permitted. Fruits, vegetables, peelings, dried fruits, eggshells, fish, meat, tea, coffee, paper towels … You can also put all the garden waste except the trunks and branches larger than 1cm in diameter. We must not leave large pieces of garbage. The smaller the better !
Be careful, the compost must not contain plastic, metal, polluting or toxic substances. Citrus peels are not recommended because they attract certain insects. The general rule is never to put more than 25% of the same waste in the composter. Give preference to wood, it is aesthetic and inexpensive. The wooden composter can last about 10 years. You can also do it in brick or wire mesh. In any case, it is better to do it as much as possible with recovered materials..
It is good to shake up your compost pile every now and then. It is a simple gesture that will allow good aeration and homogenization of the contents of the compost. If you want to speed up the fermentation process, you can add natural activators. Watering occasionally will increase composting performance. The ideal solution for making your own compost are pallets. The manufacture itself is not very complicated. It’s also a great way to get the whole family together around an element such as the garden, rather than watching TV! Discover the steps in the manufacture of a wooden pallet composter and some visual alternatives of different compost bins.
Make a wood pallet composter in a few simple steps
We have found for you this visual guide to manufacturing a pallet composter, produced and documented by Nicolas. Before you start building your new composter, choose a location that is neither too shaded nor too sunny. Then prepare the ground. It should be laid flat as much as possible. Collect pallets (preferably sturdy and thick). To make this composter, you will need at least four wooden pallets.
Piles are essential for a composter firmly fixed to the ground. It is possible that due to particular weather conditions (strong wind), your composter will fall if it is not firmly anchored.
Construction of support piles
For the realization of the piles you need point cut recovery rafters
Then you have to fix the pallets between them and on the piles
Insert the rafters inside the pallets.
For the realization of this door, a pallet was cut in 2
The door is fixed at the bottom
The maintenance grid
Por your composter does not overflow, a well-fixed screen is essential
The do-it-yourselfers of this composter chose a square mesh with a 10mm mesh
Gsquare mesh that goes around the inside of the frame
It’s time to fix the cover !
For fixing the cover you will need two hinges
The handyman of this composter chose planks of pallets assembled in rebate
And There you go ! Your job is well done !
Practical and ecological !
Ideal pallet composter
Thanks Nicolas !
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Four steps to making the perfect compost bin for your garden or apartment