Sorry, in advance, for being overly-giddy about every little garden and house related thing that is going to be taking place this non-winter and that I'm going to be compelled to blog about, regardless of how insignificant it may be to the general population. (Most of you, my dear blog readers, aren't general people anyways, you are awesome, extraordinary, unique people who delight in simple things, so I know you'll rejoice with me!) I'm so happy because... for the first tiiiiiiiiiiiime in foreeeeeeeeeeeeeeevr (sing the Frozen song)..we are NOT moving again!!! So pardon me for being excited about things like
- Being able to plant bulbs & actually watch them grow! (Shame on previous owners for not planing any, ever, the last 20 years. For shame.)
- Being able to have a compost bin and not leaving it at the house while we move away! (I sure hope those guys who bought the house in NY are enjoying my awesome whiskey barrel compost bin.)
- Planting fruit trees!
- Having a deck herb garden!
- Having a deck at all!
Ok, that's enough for now. Look at my compost bin!!!
I PERSONALLY hand-made it yesterday! In one day! While 37 week AND 3 days pregnant. (Don't worry, I didn't lift anything heavy.) I did, however, use my 3 handy-dandy assistants to help me haul the cart of wood through the hardware store. I assure you, I did no pushing, or even pulling, only light guiding, of the cart. The 8-year-old was very insistent on me not doing anything more than that. Trust me.
After the hardware store trip, I come home and took a loooong break, because, as you may know, trips to hardware store with the aforementioned assistants is a total energy-drainer in general, but even more so for a highly pregnant person. After my very very long break, during which I drank tons of water and may or may not have had some Easter jelly beans, I went back out in the garage and I measured and sawed the wood. I USED THE POWER SAW! It was awesome. Then I hammered and nailed the corners together. The 8-year-old hammered 2. Then he got bored and left to play outside. In between putting wood pieces together, I had to take long breaks and think. Think and visualize about how they would fit and what length the pieces of wood need to be. (Have I mentioned that I pretty much failed the spatial reasoning section of the SAT back in the day?)
I somehow managed to build the frame perfectly (to me). It is not perfect for a perfectionist (see exhibit A), but thankfully, I haven't been one of those since I was about 17.
I ran into a hiccup while trying to attach the hardware cloth. I assumed (don't ever assume anything!) that I could use our staple gun to staple in the hardware cloth. Well, that cloth is stubborn and rude! It would just push out the staples immediately. They weren't very long, so that may have been the problem, but the hardware cloth came in a roll and was just very circular and wasn't going to lay down nicely and be stapled.
My genius husband came to the rescue on this one. I was not up for another hardware store trip. So...the genius husband I'm married to (who undoubtedly aced the entire SAT back in the day - no seriously, I'm pretty sure he actually did), had an idea. Why not use my little wall nails, pound them in 3/4 of the way, and then fold them over? Genius I tell you!! I would have never thought of that.
I used this plan as my inspiration, but I knew I wanted the sides and back to have hardware cloth instead of wood. I did want the front to have the option of sliding boards in, for when the compost pile got too high. So, the bottom two pieces of wood are permanent, but I have the option of sliding more of these boards in and sliding them back out again, if I want to have easy access at turning my pile, thanks to that little gap there. My husband helped me figure that part out too - a little too much spatial reasoning for me on that one. A lid might be in the future for this bin, but for now, I just made what I needed. We'll see just how bad the critters get. =)
LOVE! I'm in love. You know what else is great? If I get really lazy, I could walk down half my deck stairs and dump my kitchen scraps over! Gotta love it. =) Take that, Suburbia! You can take the girl out of the country, but you can never take the country out of this girl. I can't wait to see what my garden will look like in 15 years. It's gonna be awesome. =)