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by TurtlesAllTheWayDown about April 26 - report

(Repost - I messed up my first attempt and submitted before all of the images were uploaded)

My seeds haven't arrived yet but I did break out an old HID switchable ballast and metal halide bulb and started an assortment of vegetables and flowers. The one not so happy plant in the back in an Easter potted plant that I decided to try and rejuvenate.

And since I'll be growing outdoors for the foreseeable and the weather is kinda crappy where I'm at I built myself a composter that hopefully will give me some great compost to use for future grows. I had some food grade barrels kicking around and the rest of the materials to make the composter totaled about $30.

Take care all.

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    SubterraneanHomesickBooze 8.238 points - April 26

    oh nice work man! its great to accomplish something like that. Youre very crafty!

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    SubterraneanHomesickBooze 8.238 points - April 26

    oh nice work man! its great to accomplish something like that. Youre very crafty!

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    Texasbob 5.748 points - April 26

    Pretty cool. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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    bill59 3.567 points - April 26

    So you just turn the whole barrel to mix your compost? Brilliant!

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    • TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      218 points -
      April 27

      Yup. There's a piece of 3/4' galvanized pipe through the middle of the barrel. It's balanced pretty well and rotates nicely. It's not my original idea. It's based off an old Boy Scouts article I read ages ago.

    • TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      218 points -
      April 27

      3/4" (inch) that is, not foot

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    Screwstick 2.882 points - April 26

    Thats cool. I used to make those with metal barrels and put them on wheels and use them for chip barrels in my machinne shop. They worked great, put that on an old lawn mower frame and make it mobil if you need that. 

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    • TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      218 points -
      April 27

      Thanks. It will probably sit in one spot until it crumbles or until I'm compost. I'll just empty it into my wheelbarrow and move the compost about as needed that way.

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    harley24 19.842 points - April 27

    Kind of looks like a spice garden in a way. Those barrels would make a nice res imo. I think your mulching idea is a good one so you don't need to buy any dirt. You can dig your holes out and put the mulch in and it won't cost you anything.  Peace

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    • TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      TurtlesAllTheWayDown
      218 points -
      April 27

      No spices in there. Cucumber, zucchini, artichoke, cauliflower, a couple of types of tomatoes and few hibiscus growing from seed. I don't usually start any of my veggies inside but I wanted to get a basic setup going for when my seeds arrive. I'll be star...  more

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