Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sproutings at Green Bin Farm


Green Bin Farm continues to grow. John and I finished construction on yet another raised bed garden. We now have three 8' x 4' raised gardens and two potato boxes. We started seedlings March 21st in our windows and already we have broccoli, several varieties of tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, peppers and two varieties of potatoes peeking green buds up out of soil for us. We are eager for the hot afternoons in the garden harvesting our crops.

Why do we call it Green Bin Farm? Couple reasons - first of course, it's our "green" effort. We are trying to be a more economical (cheap), self sustaining people. We compost everything we can, recycle and reuse avidly. Secondly, a large portion of the structures we've built make use of materials from the discount end cuts bin from our local Home Depot. Each board in the discount bin is sprayed with green paint on one end to designate its $0.51 discounted price, thereby "Green Binned". We buy out of the Green Bin because it's cheap and all discounted lumber is cut to 4' lengths - less cutting. We built the entire dog house in just 2 or 3 cuts!! The only downside to the Green Bin is you have to be careful about selecting boards without twists, turns, knots and warping, and because its the discount bin, you can't count on anything in particular being available when you need it. When we find a good stock, we stock up. As a rule, at $0.51/board you can't go wrong.