Back in August, I revealed my plan to convert more of my lawn for garden. I've been putting that plan into action for the past six months or so. In September, I started bugging Chip to bring home cardboard boxes from work. I worked on edging the area, then putting down layers of the cardboard to kill the grass. Right now, this area is a real eye sore. But I'm about to change all of that soon when my raised beds come in. I've got an area about 7 ' wide x 8' long, but part of "long" area gets shaded by the fence in the afternoon. This week I purchased two 3 x 3 Grow Beds from Gardeners Supply Company for $49.95 each. I plan to put these side by side in the wide part of the bed that gets lots of sun. Truthfully, I thought these were overpriced. I mean, its four 3' pieces of recycled black plastic with some connectors. For 50 bones, that seems kinda like a rip off. But, they were as good or better than anything else I could find, and I liked the fact they were made out of recycled material. Call me a sucker, but I gave in a bought 'em.
My other purchase was something I've been debating for a while whether I needed or not. I have a compost bin that we use to corral all the kitchen and yard materials we gather day-to-day. However, when it comes to "finishing" the compost - really getting it to heat up and turn into that black gold - it doesn't really do the trick. That's where I thought a compost tumbler would be great. Yesterday, I purchased an Envirocycle Compost Tumbler from Clean Air Gardening. It was on sale for $149.99, down from $169.99. I've read great things about this model. It even makes "compost tea" in the bottom compartment. My grandma uses one of those big, above-ground, crank models to finish her compost, and she loves it. Since my garden is a fraction of the size of hers, I thought this one would be perfect. I can't wait to throw in some of my almost done compost and give it a whirl.
While researching all of this, of course I found something else I wanted... grrrr. An electric chipper/shredder would be really neat to have. We have tons of leaves from the oak and gum trees in our backyard, and I would love to chop these up to use as mulch. I really doubt I'll get one of these, but they are pretty darn cool.