A New Composter and Mini Greenhouse
On April 10th, it was warm. What a glorious day that was! It's very rare to get a warm day in Michigan at this time in the season, so I took advantage of the day.
I finally was able to set up the mini greenhouse that my dad bought me for Christmas. I believe it was from Aco Hardware, but I can't seem to find a link to it online.
It only took me an hour to set up and I put all of my winter sown containers inside of it. One thing I'm noticing is that the containers are drying up really quickly, since it's much warmer in the greenhouse. So, I have to keep watch on them much more closely and water them more frequently. It zips up and down to open and close and has 3 tiers. It came with stakes, so we staked it into the ground on the back side and put some heavy rocks on the bottom front side to weigh it down. So far, it hasn't toppled over, so that's wonderful since we've been having 20-30 mph winds lately. It's not a huge, official greenhouse, but it works, and I love it!
We also set up our first composter behind our garage. It's about time! We are now composting everything we can. It holds up to 120 gallons of composting material, and so far that is more than enough for us. We also bought this miniature green garbage can that we leave right outside our side door to throw compost material in. Every week, we take the mini can to dump into our big composter behind our garage. Hooray for being efficient! You can see in our composter photo that there is a huge heap of grass behind it. It's from when we used a sod cutter to remove all of the grass for my new garden last summer. We're hoping that in another year or so, the grass will be totally composted so that we can start using it!
The mini garbage can comes up to right below my knees, and we bought it at Wal-Mart for around $6. The large composter was at Home Depot for around $50. Not bad, eh?