Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Garden Project.

Here's a day off work.  I could work in the garden, but it's raining.  So I'm doing a project indoors to get ready for the garden.  I'm making compost bins for yard debris.

Cutting five six-foot boards in half in order to get ten three-foot boards.
I use my square.
The clamp holds things in place as I saw.
Rolling out the chicken wire and setting the boards on the wire.  I needed 12 feet of chicken wire.
Sentinel was a good helper.
He made sure there was nothing inside the roll of chicken wire.
He says things are okay.
Using the staple gun to attach the wire to the boards.
I ran out of staples. Happily, I had purchased more some time ago.  Unhappily, it seems that 7.9mm staples are not the same thing as 8mm staples.  Well, it's not a project unless you have to go to the store in the middle of it.  So off I went.
I brought along the staple gun, and a good thing, too, as I bought the wrong staples the first time around.  I bought them, tried them, they didn't fit, I returned them immediately, bought a different kind and success!
Everything all stapled.
Drilling a hole for an eye hook.
Using the needle-nosed pliers to tighten the hook.
There's the hook.
Testing for proper eye placement.
Attaching the eye to the board.  Note that the "pencil method" is the best way I know to quickly screw in eyes.
The chicken wire wants to fold compactly.  This was handy for transport and less so for setup.
The finished product.  I will pile the massive amounts of weeds growing around the yard into this bin.  Then, after a few months, I will unhook, set up nearby and turn the pile.  This bin is not for food scraps because that will draw rats and mice and all sorts of animals who like to dig through open compost bins.  I put the food scraps in the compost digester witch is a metal garbage can with holes in it.  You can see it in option #3 in this article.
It turned out that the eye wasn't needed, so I left that off of the second bin I built.  Now I have one bin in Leo's yard and one in Emilias and four in my yard and one compost digester.  What am I making with all this?  A lot of  good soil!

1 comment:

Sara K. said...

Looks like a great project! I can't wait to see all of that rich and lovely soil when it is done!