Garden and Compost Bin
Make Your Own Gold - "Dirt" Cheap!

compost bin in progress

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 M., (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!

For a Good Garden and Compost Bin,
Site it Carefully

Siting your Garden

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

Locate An Ideal Spot Near Water

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.

Shown below is a photo of John M, hard at work on the bin!

John M building compost bin

Donations: Scrap Wood and Muscle!

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 will have 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.

Be a Composting Boss in Your Backyard
with Backyard Boss

Ditch expensive garden fertilizers … make your own black gold and here’s a great place to learn more about compost over at Backyard Boss. They go over different types of compost and which suits your needs best.

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!

How to Compost at Home

John Quinn's compost itemsPhoto: John Quinn, Germantown TN

I was recently contact by John Quinn, a Remax Realtor from Germantown, TN - he loves all things gardening.

John posted this: "As much as 30 percent of residential waste can be turned into compost. This effort could dramatically cut back on an individual's waste production. If they compost in the house or yard (make sure to check that it is allowed in your community), homeowners who are worried that the items they recycle will end up in a landfill can look for replacements they can decompose instead. People may be surprised with just how much they can toss into a compost pile. Composting can also save money by reducing the need to purchase expensive potting soil or fertilizers to promote healthy plant growth. It may also reduce irrigation needs, cutting down on water usage and utility bills."

Here's the link to John's How To Compost At Home where you'll learn about what to PUT IN and what NOT to put in your compost pile!

Greenhouse from Recycled Windows!

Bev's Greenhouse made from recycled windows

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

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

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