This is a post by Guest Blogger Raiye Rosado Cichon.
I had to lose a lot of my previous life in order to find this place I am in now. One of the more painful things to me was losing the home at which I had created a raised bed garden. I was so very proud of the fact that I had salvaged the wood from someone’s trash pile, hauling it to the house in a tiny car stacked to the roof. It was lovely. I have missed it and really, I have missed gardening.
Although it is January and the sky intermittently spits out snow and my breath makes clouds in the air when I go outside, I am already thinking about my first garden here at Shangri La House. Since I’ve been out of the game for a while, I reached out to my friends at SowandSo for some guidance and inspiration. I’m going to be documenting the process and hopefully my family will be eating some delicious, homegrown fruits and vegetables this season.
Before that ground thaws and I can get my hands dirty, there are a few things I can do to get ready. The first was setting up my compost heap. My first heaps were made with chicken wire and fence posts and they worked quite well. This time, though, I will be using the Presto Geobin Composting System. It’s a simple and customizable design that is inexpensive and reasonably attractive and it seemed to be the perfect way for me to begin composting here.
Setup was relatively easy but I would recommend having a second person to assist as the bin is quite unwieldy when you first uncoil it. I opted for a 3 foot diameter this time, securing the sidewalls with the included plastic nuts, washers and bolts. Next was threading the four poles through the walls, which had me cursing at first, but by the fourth pole I was able to do it with ease.
Last was selecting the right spot in the yard and tapping the support poles into the ground. I chose a spot that is next to the fence and will be partially shrouded by the foliage of the bushes when spring hits. I put a bed of leaves, crumpled newspaper and shredded cardboard in the bottom and will begin collecting kitchen scraps today. I can’t wait to get a nice, steamy compost going!
This is a post by Guest Blogger Raiye Rosado Cichon. Although she is a moderately experienced gardener, she is also mother to five and an IT business development professional – time is limited. She’ll be documenting her progress and sharing time-saving tips.