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I hesitate to even call this a tutorial, since it's basically me saying "drill a bunch of holes in a bin!" but I found my inspiration in a similar tutorial, so I'll pass along my improvements on the method.

Without further ado, here's how to turn a plastic storage container (Sterilite or similar) into a compost bin. The whole process takes less than ten minutes.

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I have a netting enclosure in my garden for making leafmould. I've never made this before, and was wondering if anyone had any advice. As I understand it, there are a couple of reasons for rotting leaves down separately rather than just chucking them in the compost with everything else:

  • They rot more slowly than most things you'd put in your compost, so separating them out means they won't be sitting in your general compost pile holding things up.
  • Leafmould improves soil structure, while general compost provides soil nutrients, so if you make leafmould separately and mix it with compost in different proportions, you can have more control over the resulting brown stuff.
  • Relatedly, the low level of nutrients in leafmould means that it's more appropriate for starting seedlings, for which compost can be a bit too rich.

Here are some relevant links I found:

I'd appreciate any advice or comments! I also have a specific question: are there any types of leaf that shouldn't go in leafmould? For example, spinach leaves go limp and rot down very quickly, so presumably these aren't suitable for going in leafmould. Is there an easy way to decide which leaves I should put in and which I shouldn't?

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Aug. 13th, 2011 05:32 pm
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I'm moving on Monday (eeeeeeeek!) from an apartment where I have lived and gardened well for six years. Leaving my beautiful, wild, messy, food-making garden is breaking my heart a little (not to mention leaving my compost bin--the dirt I made), so I'm trying to figure out what, if anything I can salvage from it and take with me on my 300 mile trek to my new house in a small rural town.

I have, in pots, some chives, thyme, and mint. I also have four brussels sprouts and a kale plant in the ground, and a huge wild mess of strawberries. I am wondering the following:

1) Will the brussels sprouts and kale survive in pots? I know the strawberries can, but I'm less sure of the others. I won't be able to break the ground at my new apartment, so I can't plant them when I get there. (Note: the sprouts have some kind of infestation--little white things that flutter off them when I shake them. Also a lot of flies, so maybe they are baby flies? IDK.)

2) If I can move my plants to pots, can I put them in a big plastic box (like this), seal it up, and give it to my movers? They'll be in there from Monday mid-day through Tuesday afternoon, in a non-climate controlled truck. The alternative is to try to move them in our trunk, where they might not have to be closed in and would only be in there for 6-8 hours, but I'm not sure how much room we'll have.

Also, a related question:

Does anyone on here vermicompost? ince I will probably only be in my new place one year, and it's a place with frigid winters, I'm not going to put in a full compost bin, but we've got a basement and/or mud room that would make a good home for a worm bin. For those in the US, where do you go to get worms? I got mine for my last bin from the LES Ecology Center, but I don't even know what to Google for to look for them. My two thoughts are that a) I live near an agricultural extension center, and maybe they will have them, and b) there's a lot of fishing where we're moving, and I've seen gas stations with live bait vending machines, so I guess that would work in a pinch?

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