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Earth Day PosterWhat will you be doing to celebrate and support Earth Day? My son and I will be putting together a compost bin and garden boxes. Not only will we be producing excellent fertilizer for my garden box and flowers,  we are also reducing the amount of food and yard waste that ends up in landfills.

My fabulous find…a garden box kit from Lowes.  I hope to build some more garden boxes with the “Suncast Tiered Raised Garden Bed”, that you can buy now at Lowe’s. I also got my easy turn, composter there, and it looks so simple to put together.  But the first thing I did was get a small tin container with a lid from the Container Store to put under my sink for my table scraps. My container is almost full, so I must get my composter put together this weekend, weather permitting.  Boy the scraps sure pile up fast and it makes me see how much we were giving to the landfill instead of nourishing my own garden!

If you want to build your own composter with wood, I suggest using boards that are untreated, but they will only last a couple of years.  In that case, it may be better to look into one of the synthetic raised bed garden kits, they last longer and can be assembled in an afternoon.  However, speaking of Earth Day, we may want to research the environmental impact these have before purchasing???

The secret to successful raised-bed gardening is creating beds that are wide enough to reach across; paths between beds are wide enough to accommodate a wheelbarrow or garden cart, so that you can add compost to the beds over time; and enough garden beds to have a variety of plants and herbs for the number of people in you’re family.

Think about what you too can do for the earth, on April 22nd, Earth Day.

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