Garden and Compost Bin

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Siting your Garden

Having a garden and compost bin is not a luxury item out here. And I'm long overdue in having my own vegetable garden, so with some help from my friend John, (mostly John!) he created a compost bin (it's a start!) and I hope this will inspire you to do the same.

There's nothing quite like growing and consuming your very own vegetables ...

I realize as I type this, that it's kind of like putting the cart before the horse, as in you need veggie scraps from a garden to put IN the bin! Well, at this point in time we do still purchase our produce from the grocery stores!




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For a Good Garden and Compost Bin, Site it Carefully

Take Into Consideration These Points
When Garden Siting:

  • size of plot
  • the sun's angle
  • flood prone
  • soil condition
  • best growing times
  • what to plant
  • critter control
  • initial costs

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Our photo at the top of the page shows an ideal spot in our front garden that is close to a water supply, and will be shaded at the hot times of the day either by the trees or a pull-over grommeted screen that will move horizontally on taut wires.

(Well, I can dream!)

compost bin in progress

Seeing as the garden hasn't materialized yet, we thought we'd at least get going with the compost bin so we'll have plenty of good material to work with when the garden is ready to go.

My dad had scrap wood he donated to the project, and John donated his muscle.

And me? I 'managed the project' ... ha! ... not!

The compost bin has two sections.

For Your Garden and Compost Bin, Remember to do This:

Turn One Side Over to the Other Side

One side will be filled, and when full, will be turned over into the other bin. This way, it keeps the pile aerated and happy. So until John returns, I have a one-sided bin ... and he said he'd be most surprised if I had one side filled before he returns in six months!

The compost bin is close to where the garden will be for ease of use, and far enough away from the house so we can't smell it!

Here are some composting tips and tricks from Planet Natural Research Center.

Sweet Potatoes

sweet and white potatoes

I have made a very small start to getting the garden going – here's a photo of two sweet potatoes which are producing vines already, and a white potato on the left.

My gardener friend, John, says after blooming, wait a month, and dig 'em up!

Handy Herb Garden

Rosemary, Basil, and Italian Parsley

Here's my little handy herb garden, right outside the front door! I have Rosemary, Basil, and Italian Parsley ... Use fresh herbs in our recipes!

Pineapples Too!

planted pineapple- the cut-off top

It's very simple to grow pineapples too – after slicing off the top, plant it in a shallow hole and cover with soil, leaving the neck visible.

Two years later – voila – your very own pineapple! So sweet and juicy too!

Bev's Greenhouse made from recycled windows

Check out Bev's smart use of space beneath an upper-story deck ...
Her great greenhouse is built around the use of some recycled windows!

Check out Bev's smart use
of space beneath an
upper-story deck ...
Her great greenhouse is
built around the use of
some recycled windows!


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