Several months ago I signed up for some free classes from the county extension office. Well, the day has arrived, I went this morning, and took the Compost Happens class first, it was really neat, I already know how to compost, having built my own, (and happens to be a good one to use). But I learned a lot more, we were given a folder with a bunch of information, this really cool wheel, it tells you when and what to do for what ever is happening. We then took a trip through the garden to see all the types of bins you can use, and I loved all the flowers in the garden. Then we were given a huge Geobin and a 2 foot thermometer totally free. $70 value.
In the Water wise class, we learned all about how to conserve water with your yard, flowers and veggie gardens. We learned about water misting systems to only water the roots of the plans as not to waste water. Then we were given a Mister Landscaper starter kit (50 feet hose and all attachments) and a Big cool Rain gauge. Also totally free. Value $30
I came home and installed the rain gauge on the fence and put together the compost bin and already have stuff in it. So I now have 2 on one side of the yard and one on the other side. Any one have yard waste they don't want, give me a call, I will be happy to come pick up your fresh grass, fallen leaves, pine needles.
I have to install about 25 feet of PVC and a faucet on the other side of the yard to put the mister system where I want it, which will be good for the veggie garden as well. I'm waiting on my free truck load of mulch to finish the veggie garden.
I have 10 tomatoes on my one tomato plant, and about 40 peppers on one plant, and about 15 big yellow flowers on each squash plant. So I'm thinking they are liking the SWC's. I will take some pictures tomorrow. Any one have any more cat little buckets you don't need, I would be happy to come pick them up.