When purchasing the farm 7 months ago, we inherited a lot of stuff. From outbuildings to questionable lumber, from electric fencing to old roofing, from drainage problems to really smelly compost.
Now, Paul Wheaton says, “If it stinks, you are doing it wrong.” And my experience says that is true. I spent summers growing up in the Midwest where when winds were just wrong, the surrounding hog farms wafted penetrating odors. Kinda burned your nostrils a little actually. Now that we have pigs, when we recognize that smell brewing, it is time to do something.
- Move them.
- Add carbon.
- Remove nitrogen (yes, scoop poop).
Interestingly, if a compost pile stinks, it isn’t too different to amend.
- Move it (by turning)
- Add carbon, or nitrogen, depending.
- I like to mulch it (top dressing w/ carbon), which I believe decreases the amount of escaping greenhouse gases and keeps the moisture balanced.
Anyway, back to the inheritance. Amongst the lot were several pallets as you might expect on a farm, just lying around. Because our chickens will unpile any pile around, the compost needed containing, as well as unstinkifying. Enter pallets.
Pallets make nice walls, gates, platforms, you name it. They come in varying sizes, weights, and degrees of grossness. The last pallet pick up we made yielded to pallets where the wood was clearly sprayed with something orange. Around here, treated lumber is coated with copper arsenic or some other unsavory chemical stew. Its probably not fresh squeezed OJ anyway. So, let that be a warning if you want to use them next to edibles, or what feeds your edibles.
Two stall compost shelter:
Pig paddock gate:
Flooring for firewood:
Farm chic = use what you got and make it last, for a while at least. Form will follow function. And frugality seems to help it look a little better.
Do you find it palletable?