Ok so I picked up this nice big metal water trough for $2 dollars as it was rusted though, now it was fixable if you had a welder but that was not what I wanted if for.. So the glass was gotten as curb shopping or given to us, the compost is from the barn, and the rich dirt is a three-year old compost pile that has rotted down into good black soil. Even the seeds I am starting where saved from the farm’s gardens.
We moved the trough to a bright sun spot by the front of the main garden fence and we filled it up 3/4 of the way with half done compost from last falls pile, it has heated once and has been turned by the pigs once.. once it was filled up, I watered it down to get it going again..
Then we needed to go to one of my three-year old compost piles, I know that from the first look of it, there is not too much to see, ah but our eyes are fooled..
Once you start digging into it and breaking up the shovelful, taking out the starting top plants, and now you have wheel barrel full of rich good dark soil to be used on top of the compost, we want about 3 or 4 inches of good soil on top of it. Now I placed glass on top to act as a greenhouse effect, the big piece will stay, but I have a small overlap piece on the end that can be added or removed with ease to increase or reduce the heat I can easily throw a thick old wool blanket to drape over it, on a very cold night but as the compost will act as a slow acting heat matt, at this time of the years is very unlikely that it will be needed.
I am going to plant some lovely squash and maybe some cucumbers in there ahead of the game by 6 to 8 weeks, it’s just the perfect heavy feeders for something like this, and I will add in a vertical climber on both sides, and allow them to go up and then out and over the sides for excellent air flow..
Reuse and think creatively, and almost anything can be used to help you create different garden spots! What is the most interesting thing you have turned into a growing spot?