Okay, so a while back I posted about my plan to do a garden this year, well I came up with a less expensive way to make my beds. It took some time to get a hold of some pallets and I now have hubby on the way home with them so I will share my plan with y’all! Let me take a second though to tell you I am no artist!
Now I realize that I spelled the name of the flowers in the front bed wrong, they are nasturtiums as very cute country flower that will climb up the shepherds hooks and brick, the best part is that they are edible, so they add a nice bit of color to summer salads along with a peppery taste!
I will take pictures as I work on Friday and show you how my beds come together!
So along with that first original post I mentioned that I would be making a compost bin. Well we finally got around to that last weekend while we were cleaning up the garage and front yard. This is so simple anyone with a drill can do it!
I had an old storage tub laying around and we drilled holes all over it and the lid!
So I did some research on composting in this manner and have a few tips for y’all!
Compost is done like a layer cake…
- One part high-carbon materials (shredded, dry plant matter such as leaves, twigs, woody stems, corn cobs)
- One part high-nitrogen green plant matter (green plant and vegetable refuse, grass clippings, weeds, trimmings, kitchen scraps—but avoid meat, dairy, and fat) and good-quality soil
Pile the ingredients like a layer cake, with 2 to 4 carbon materials on the bottom (twigs and woody stems here will help air to circulate into the pile). Next, add a layer of soil. Add 2 to 4 inches of nitrogen-based materials, followed by soil. Repeat until the pile reaches 2 to 3 feet high.
Soak the pile at its start and water periodically; its consistency should be that of a damp sponge.
Stir this weekly to keep oxygen getting to the center!
These items may also be added to the pile:
- Coffee grounds and tea bags
- Dry goods (crackers, flour, spices)
- Pasta (cooked or uncooked)
- Shredded paper/newspaper