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Raking all the yards leaves this fall from my neighbors' trees, left me deciding to build a compost bin. The weather, predicted to hold out nice for the coming week, I'm seizing the opportunity to put it together . It will be 3ft square, 4ft high, made of wood discarded by my other neighbors' deck and fencing projects. I appreciate any wisdom, acquired by members, who have constructed their own compost bins, anything that would save me a "redo", from too much enthusiasm, not enough know how.
Is anybody else working on new projects for next year's garden?
 

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I've made wood bins before, not the best. If wood isn't PT it won't last more than a season or two if that. Make sure to leave space for air to get in. At one time when I had literally tons of chipped limbs/saplings to compost I build a bunch some 6' square and some 6'x3'.

Now I use a three section bin so I can move things down the line if I want to. Put coarse stuff on left and move it to middle and finally to right as it breaks down. I don't always use it that way tho and some times just fill them all to the brim. Mine is 4'x4'x3' tall per section so over all 12'x4'x3'. I used PT 2x4s for the frame work and wire with 2"x4" mesh on sides and back. Front has slots for 5/4"x6" PT decking which acts as the front door. I can take one or all or as many as needed out when adding and removing material. I have some photos but apparently they are on my other computer so can't be accessed right now, maybe later.

Next season we will be using a roughly 15'x60' section of a flower garden that has not been in use for awhile as a veggie garden. I've tilled it and what leaves and organic matter was there was turned under. I hope to add more leaves and till again when it is again dry and warm enough to do the job. We're trying to make use of at least most of the leaves in the yard this year but are not likely to go beyond that to rake them up. If I still had more compost bin space as I once did I'd be tempted to get more from the woods behind my house. If we get seriously back into veggie gardening I likely will make more bins and gather more leaves each year. I have more than enough leaves on my own land so don't need to get them from anyone else.
 

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It's amazing how many people have taken up gardening in our part of the world since the government has changed hands. Not many will admit being scared, but all of a sudden lots of folks who have never gardened or haven't for a long time are digging up lawn and flower beds to grow veggies.
 

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I'm going to be experimenting with heirloom seeds. I've finally got some room where I can experiment with more than one variety of the same species in the same growing season. Anybody have an opinion about Golden Bantam sweet corn?
 

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i just got sik of the bill at the grocery store is the reason i started gardening.winter stinks as i have to buy a lot more groceries,in the spring summer and fall i can pretty much live out of the garden but this time of year all thats left is some turnips.i should of planted more cabbage and spinach.new projects for next season include enlargeing the garden a little. planting different to make it easier to till. incorporateing some more compost and maybe some other stuff.
 

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I froze alot of vegetables and pickled beets and peppers. We had a monster hail storm last 4th of July, and the next morning I pulled up alot of my Spinach and froze it. Man it turned out good! Some butter on it steamed and its a super meal. Heirloom seeds sound like a good idea to start getting these days. I haven't seen any at the stores. Wondering maybe I got to order them special.
 

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Hillbill, sorry I didn't get back right away, got called into work a couple time. Spinach, just cut the stems close to the leaf, and yes I did a quick blanch, then ice water, and then roll each bunch quantity for each bag or carton and squeeze out the excess water before putting into container. I use the smaller freezer/storage bags.

Thanks bilmac, I will check that out! I like the idea of having seeds on hand, and understand, that heirloom seeds can be stored.
 

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Will send in a soil sample soon to see what is needed for next year. Have some compost ready and I expect to need a little lime.

Last analysis showed I needed 6-18-18, which is a tobacco fertilizer in NC. I live at the coast where our soil is almost pure sand. In the last five years I have put so much stuff in my garden plot that I actually have soil, rather than sand.

Added peanut shells this year. Chicken litter a few years back. We get lots of eel grass too.
 

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When you do heirlooms be aware that a lot of the root crops are bi annuals, meaning that they only set seed every other year. That means you have to dig the root and hold it over winter and then replant it the second summer. Since I don't have a root cellar yet it would be a project keeping things alive over the winter.

A cellar is another project for next summer.
 

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Wal in that case Barb I hereby grant you my share of the entire world's supply cuz I ain't eating NONE of my share and you are welcome to it all. ;D

It does sound like what you really need out there is a green house. One of those not too huge ones with real heavy duty glass for roof and sides. Yeah I know way expensive. Sure would make gardening easier out your way and that short season you have would become as long as ya want it to be.
 

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Heey, Thanks! ;D I have a great garden as it is, but a greenhouse would be super for some special stuff like asparagus. Don't see many greenhouses out this way, except for a few that people construct along the side of their houses or patio. Nothing free standing.
 

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If you have a southern exposure along side the house lean to style would sure work. Down here ya can make them of plastic and even use PVC pipe to support the roof and it works fine. But then we see snow once ever half dozen or so years at most. Ya'll get it a little more regularly out your way. :eek:
 

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You can get clear plastic panels that match the corregations of building steel at places like Home Depot. Don't use fiberglass, they get brittle and discolor after a few years. A little pricey, but less than plexiglass, and you don't have to worry about expansion across the width. I have a 3 x 8 panel of it in the south side of my ice fishing shanty. The rest of the house is well insulated. On a sunny day it will get 85 inside when it is 20 outside.
 
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