Saturday, April 11, 2009

Beautiful Compost

After I posted about my endeavor to garden, I got a couple of requests for pictures of my compost barrel. My Handy Man cut a door into the side and attached it with a hinge. Since we don't really need a lot of compost, we figured this barrel would produce about the right amount for us.
This is what it looks like when it's composting... Just a barrel, minding its own business...producing good enzymes to help the stuff inside become yummy compost, quickly. Notice that my boxes have their trellis poles up. These will be used to hold up the tomatoes and cantaloupes. I know what you're thinking... "Aren't cantaloupes too heavy to be on a trellis?" My friend, Mel Bartholomew, assures me that they can be trellised. And, when they get heavy, he says to use pantyhose to make a nice little cradle for them to use until they're ready to be picked. Walmart has their Hanes pantyhose (queen sized in brown) on sale for $1.00 this week, and I had 6 coupons for $1.00 off any Hanes product! Free cantaloupe cradles!! Awesome!
Handy Man bought the stuff and made the trellises last week. He enjoyed showing our boys how to weld the corners.
Here's a picture of the top. Handy Man used chicken wire to allow air inside to circulate. Isn't he smart!
In this picture, you can see the bottom. I'm not sure how Handy Man made the holes, but I'm sure he used one of his super-duper tools in his shop. The knob on the door just screws into a piece of wood that he attached to the inside of the door. I don't think we need to worry about anyone stealing our compost, so there's no lock :-)
I couldn't resist showing a pic of my beautiful little onions. Aren't they cute! It will be a shame to eat them...OK, maybe not.


Lynn said...

You are too funny! I'm assuming your "handyman" is Roger....
Love your little plots. In fact I'm going to show this all to Dean for inspiration!! Thanks!

Jerri Dalrymple said...

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!! Keep posting so we can watch and learn! :0)


Melissa Flaming said...

I shall entice MY Handy Man to make said compost barrel. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Again, I'm so impressed. It IS beautiful compost!! W-O-W

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

By the way, you are one of the most "productive" yet very busy families I know. Huge compliment. :-)