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I was reading in the PERMIES SITE about "COMPOSTING" the other week. Although I tried to re-find the article I could not.
The person wrote about getting a number of wooden pallets ( because they are free ) standing them on their ends and making several cubicals.
You then put all your kitchen scraps, grass cuttings and any other green stuff and let it mulch down.

One of the things that I remember was once the concoction has done it's dash -  the "STUFF" you want is under all the mulch. Rains etc have washed all the good stuff down to the ground. Thats where you find the rich compost etc.
As I couldn't find the write-up to re-read and to make sure I had read right -  that is "HOW I ENVISAGED IT IN MY MIND"

Of course we dont have room here for creating such a system of pallets. The article with photos was on a farm of some sort that had lots of space.
Thinking about the article over the next few days I had an idea of how I could create a suitable compost bin.  If indeed all the goodness falls to the bottom  - maybe just maybe one could utilise the system..

My idea is - WHY DONT I COMPOST ON THE VEGE GARDEN ? As the vege garden is made of raised elongated boxing sides, I am sure I could find a small area to have a composting area together with the veges.
So I created a small movable composting bin that I can slide along.  If all the good stuff you are needing is washed down, my thoughts are, that it can leach down and out into the vege garden. As we grow, consume and
rotate the veges, my idea is I can just slide the composter along and begin the process of composting a new batch again.

Hope it works..
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Design of composter
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Construction
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Added the sliders
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Fingers crossed it works
 
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Kia ora Donald -

This is a great idea. One thing though...I noticed the green on that contraption you built. Is that tanalised timber? You really don't want that stuff in soil that you're using to grow food. One of the things I like about pallets is that they are nearly always untreated and as they start to rot themselves there's no harm in just adding them to the compost.

I tend to make all my beds and frames from macrocarpa if I want a little more longevity. Even that will start to decay in contact with soil, but I get several years out of it as opposed to one or two with untreated pine. Some pallet wood in NZ is eucalyptus and is even more durable.
 
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Neat idea Donald!  Another approach could be to put a compost bin off to the side with a tray underneath it to catch the goodness.  Then just slide out the tray and pour that magic juice on the plants that need it.
 
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Phil Stevens wrote:Kia ora Donald -

This is a great idea. One thing though...I noticed the green on that contraption you built. Is that tanalised timber? You really don't want that stuff in soil that you're using to grow food. One of the things I like about pallets is that they are nearly always untreated and as they start to rot themselves there's no harm in just adding them to the compost.

I tend to make all my beds and frames from macrocarpa if I want a little more longevity. Even that will start to decay in contact with soil, but I get several years out of it as opposed to one or two with untreated pine. Some pallet wood in NZ is eucalyptus and is even more durable.



"TENA KOE Phil "  I was told that the length of timber I purchased wouldn't rot - so I thought that is what I need to build it.
 
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