Great deal on a compost bin

Earth Machine Composter

I recently discovered that in addition to offering compost for sale, the Southern Utah Valley Solid Waste District also sells the Earth Machine, a great compost bin at a great price.  Most comparable compost bins I have found usually go for at least $100, but we got ours for $30 (by living within their district and getting my brother to buy one with us for the bulk discount).  I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’m very pleased with it.

You can buy them from the SUVSWD’s Springville location at 2450 West 400 South (in Springville).  They are only open between 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and accept cash or check.  The facility mostly processes individuals’ deliveries to the dump there, so you may know more about the compost bin than the person you talk to.  Be sure to insist on the price posted on their website—the woman I dealt with was ready to charge me $10 more than she should have.

I’ve been surprised by how much we have been able to put in our compost bin that would have otherwise gone to the landfill.  Not only is this friendlier to the earth, but it is also quite friendly to our garden. 

I highly recommend the earth machine.  It is only sold through local municipalities, so it is quite likely that you can get one at a comparable price even if you don’t live in south Utah Valley.

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Getting my hands dirty

Garden ready for planting

This last weekend I finally put in my “garden.”  I know, I know . . . it’s more of a flower bed than a garden, but you should see what I get out of this flower bed.  Pretty impressive for apartment dwelling if I say so myself.  This is my first year starting everything from seed.  I worry that I started my tomatoes a bit late, but other than that things are looking good.  If it all comes up then I’ll have tomatoes, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, cantaloupes, radishes, beets, carrots, beans, Swiss chard, corn, lettuce, arugula, spinach, basil, parsley, and cilantro.  I missed a spring planting, but I’m hoping to get some cold weather crops in for a fall harvest.

Garden Planted

This is the garden with my seedling planted.  Here’s to more green and less brown in my next garden update.

As you may have noticed, I am using the square foot gardening method and I highly recommend it to you as well.  Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening is a great resource, even if you choose not to go the square foot route.  Mel is willing to spell out precisely what to do to have a productive garden, and that can be nice.  But don’t be afraid to break some of his rules (as I have) to suit your needs.  I’m especially excited to try his technique of building vertical supports for tomatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and squash.