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Money saving tips and ideas: Pallet sides

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Hi this is a variation on a theme that a guy on our plot has used for about ten years. I’m sure even most novice allotmenteers are aware that you can make a compost heap out of four pallets, stood upright tied together with cable ties or string. Well I think this idea is even better

Machine engineers have their machines moved around on pallets but they also have pallet sides surrounding their products, to assist when shipping. These can be found on industrial sites, in the same way that normal pallets can.  Please ensure you ask if you can have some before helping yourself. The ones in the picture are euro-pallet size (800mm x 1200mm), and are a sensible size, being smaller than a standard UK pallet.(1200mm x 1000mm). This makes the euro-pallet much easier to move as will become apparent as the blog progresses.

What you may not be able to see in the photo, is that the sides have hinges inside so they can fold flat. They also have metal lips on each corner making them very easy to stack

To use as a compost heap, clear an area large enough for two pallet sides, side by side and place a pallet side on the cleared ground. Then start adding your garden/household waste (read the composting guide to see what you can add to your compost heap). Once the layer (pallet side) is nearly full add another layer and so on until you have five sides stacked on top of each other. As the pile breaks down, the level of compost will drop allowing further waste to be added. Once the compost has been left as long as you would normally wait for it to have broken down, you remove the top pallet side and place it alongside the first stack, on the previously cleared ground. Then you remove the top layer of waste, which having been “dumped” last will still need to be composted. This is tipped into your new heap and more from heap one should be added until you reach the compost that is ready for use. As you use the compost take the sides down and either fold away for later use or add directly to the stack on pile two. Once the first pile of compost has completely gone you have a clear space ready for pile three and so on.

As you will always have a space clear next to your compost heap, why not grow a few lettuces or radishes, or turnips on this small space, as they will be ready long before the space is needed again for the next stack of pallet sides.



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