Friday, April 29, 2011

The Garden: DIY Compost Bins and Pre-Soaked Peas

The garden is officially expanded.  Sod turned.  Garden soil dumped and raked through.  About 500 square feet.  I think this is going to be the perfect size.

I set up a make-shift greenhouse by the sliding door.  They are coming up way faster than they normally do.  I think the IKEA shoe rack/fish tank set up will need to be improved for next year.

Let's see...there's tomatoes in the bottom tank, summer squash, cucumbers, zucchini, cauliflower, cantaloupe....I have more stuff I haven't gotten around to starting yet.

The summer squash is definitely doing the best.
My first asparagus!  It shot up out of nowhere. 
Too bad the rest of the roots don't seem to be doing anything.

Look at the peas!  I soaked 40 for an hour or so, and left the other 40 unsoaked.  The soaked ones all came up, and most of the unsoaked ones did.  I think the soaking helped.

I am still working on painting the fort/swingset.  I painted the inside white and let the Peanut paint whatever she wanted.  Then I tiled the floor w/ vinyl tiles.  I'll take more pics later.

I can't have open compost bins.  There are too many rats around.  Yes, rats.  Ugh.  I had compost bins that looked like upside down garbage cans that did not work.  Got rid of them and bought a garbage can, drilled some holes in it and voila!  Instant and super cheap compost bin!  I'll let you know how it goes.
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