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Friday

How To #Compost In A Container ~ Container #Gardening

Normally, I compost in my garden, but this year, I  am going to have all my plants in pots.  It makes it so much easier to weed than trying to keep a whole garden weeded.   Not only that,.. my peppers did better in pots than in the ground.

To compost successfully you need 4 things.  Air, Water, Browns and Greens. 
Air ... In order for foods to compost they need plenty of air.  I have a small shovel that I turn my pile daily with.  I also have a loose fitting lid I put on this bucket.
Water ... Always make sure your pile is damp, not wet but damp like a wrung out sponge.
Brown ... This would be dry dead plants, sawdust, leaves in the fall, straw, I usually put some potting soil in mine to get it started.  Most potting soil is made of some of the above anyway.
Green ... This would be your vegetable or fruit scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells (rinsed) etc.  I never put food in my container that has any oil on it.
I first started my composting in a bucket, but I very quickly found out I have a lot ... I mean a lot of vegetable scraps.  Also, the fruit flies were horrible and I had it on my back porch.  I need to do something fast to get it off my porch.
I have this spot by my house that I can't plant anything because there are gas lines running about 2 inches under the soil.  I decided to use this as our composting spot.











First I laid a thick pile of newspapers down to keep the weeds down.  There is black plastic down but it is under a few inches of soil.  I am not sure how this is going to work and if I have to redo it... I will.

My Hubs came up with the idea to use large containers that you mix concrete in.  Two of these would fit perfect betweet the window wells that are there.  Why the heck did people use window wells anyway.  I don't like them.       He cut the center out of the containers so next spring, I can plant in these.  Hopefully my compost will make nice rich soil.



Next, I dumped my bucket of compost starter into these tubs.  I then added some topsoil I bought just to get it started








  I will be planting in the compost, plus all the containers around it.   It will be like a small garden. 

I plan on planting zucchini in the compost containers and see how they do.  I actually have my zucchini started already in smaller pots.

So what are you planning on planting this year?

35 comments:

  1. We've always wanted to compost, but never seem to get around to it. I want to put it closer to the neighbor so they have to deal with the smell. ;)

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  2. I don't have any interest in composting to be honest, but if I ever change my mind, this is good to know. Thanks for the instructions :)

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  3. Looks good, Terry! Good luck with it. We don't compost here, but my daughter-in-law does over at her place.

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    1. My MIL composts, too. She loves doing it, too.

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  4. These are great tips. My husband mentioned this the other day for our garden. I am not sure if it is some thing I would be in to doing but I give my husband the support if he wants to!

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  5. I am doing a pot garden this year too. Thank you for this post, I will keep it in mind when I get further along.

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  6. Living on the 7th floor of an apartment building with no patio I won't be planting anything unfortunately. That does sound like a great way to compost! Those fruit flies materialize out of nothing sometimes I think--glad you got that out of your house!

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  7. I have never tried composting. I can't stand the smell!

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  8. Very cool!! I never thought of doing this before!! Maybe following your techniques my plants will grow this year!

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  9. I live in an apartment so just chuck it all in the correct box and away I go. No green thumb anyway

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  10. I have always wanted to start composting! You make it look so fun. I have GOT to get all my stuff in line.

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  11. I love gardening! It's one of my favorite hobbies. We have started our seedlings in doors because of the snow but can't wait to get outside.

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  12. Great pointers. We were thinking of composting. I can definitely see us doing this. Great for our garden too. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. I'll plant squash again. Not sure what else... I haven't had much luck with growing veggies in the past.

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  14. That's really neat that you grow the garden in containers. I have never grown my own veggies, but I am going to try tomatoes this year. If it goes well, next year I want to do peppers and maybe zucchini too.

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  15. I need to make a compost pile. That seem alike such a great idea and I loove that you can use it later too!!

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  16. What a great idea for the concrete mixers as planters. I am making some planters this weekend. I just started composting and it was not early enough to use this year but soon! Good luck, hopefully we both get a lot of fresh veggies - so far my starter seeds keep dying off - I need a green thumb.

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  17. Our compost is a worm bin.... we've got red wigglers. Ick :S
    I love it though! I was so mad at myself- I left our sprouts out and a bunny ATE THEM ALREADY!!! -_-
    Furious. We're restarting our tomatoes and peas.

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  18. We compost when we garden. I have a big pile of dirt by the garden every year that we mix and use. I use old coffee cans inside the house to keep our egg shells , coffee grounds and fruit & vegi peels in.

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  19. Sadly I'm not planning on planting anything until we move. We are hoping to move this summer so hopefully next year I can plant away!

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  20. I saved coffee ground as well and put them in our flower beds. You inspired me to make compost now, I will start doing that.

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  21. We usually plant peppers, lettuce, tomatoes. My husband loves doing just a small garden every year and also uses coffee grounds for other stuff

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  22. We do composting this way to. We're planting too much stuff this year. I just say that because the prep work is a pain in the ass.

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  23. We had a huge rotating compost pile out back when I lived in New England. They actually have a service in my city where people can donate certain food items for compos, but I think it got contaminated and they shut the program down. I love the idea of a small contained compost for my condo.

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  24. Very nice! My mom does composting, but I don't :( Right now my best growing things are cucumbers and okra!

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  25. I have heard a lot about having a compost pile but I never knew how to do it. This is great information.

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  26. Unfortunately for my small garden out in front of house I'm not gardening or composting whatsoever. But I know my folks are definitely into this and would greatly enjoy this info so I'll be passing this on to them.

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  27. Since I live in Toronto I don't have much space for a garden but I might try doing a little compost bucket on the balcony for my herbs. :) Thanks for sharing how you do it! :D

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  28. I wish I had a garden so I could plant some of my favourite plants. This is a very informative post, thanks for sharing.

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  29. I wish I gardened more. I'd love to learn more about composting and try it myself! Happy spring!

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  30. What a great idea. This would be the perfect garden for me and I have the perfect spot for it, an old flower garden that I never kept up. I've never composted before but I really need to read up on the benefits of it. It sounds easy enough and I like to be eco-friendly when possible.

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  31. We don't have a vegetable garden but we do have a flower garden. I would love to try to plant herbs though. That would be great for it.

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  32. I LOVE composting! It makes gardening so much better, lol. And I'll be honest, I could use all the help I can get!

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  33. I wanted to start gardening when we moved into our new home but I lack space. I hope I can turn a little of our space on the roof deck into a mini-garden

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    1. I bet you can Peachy. It doesn't take a lot of space to grow a plant or two.

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