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Post  jimmy cee on 5/30/2018, 10:45 pm

@sanderson wrote:Is your other one a Lifetime?
If you mean a lifetime guarantee ? I do not really know.I do know it seems to work good. built very sturdy and rolls easily building up to full. When full in winter and frozen forget it...This one is taking quite a while for I started filling in December and just quit last week...It's getting warm and is composting, however nothing like my piles did. I believe the best method is to fill them at once, then work them as they should be.. Could make a finished compost in 2 to 4 weeks.
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Post  sanderson on 5/31/2018, 1:46 am

Lifetime 80-gallon tumbler.  I have had good luck with making half finished compost that heated up to 150-160*F.    It's great for top dressing.  The microbes and worms make quick work of it.  I fill it to the very top.  The next day it has dropped.  Then I top off again and then the turning begins.  I'm using the wood compost bin (3'x3'x3') as a storage bin, wetting down occasionally.

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/31/2018, 11:20 pm

Thats great that you're able to reach those temps in a tumbler. You must be working lots with it.My plants have been in for 4 days now and I am not happy with the looks of them.As I always state, nothing like your own home made compost.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/8/2018, 1:33 pm

Finished and now waiting and watching. Finally picked up some straw, love going to a farm rather than a store. I tend to linger around a farm because I love the smells and atmosphere. I am now a bit disappointed in what is supposed to be my compost, no real signal just a feeling, probably because I haven't made it. I added a dusting of bone and blood meal before covering with straw.  Then I sat down and cut up 4 five gallon buckets of straw.Now that's fun, I also love handling straw. Gave a nice watering with sun warmed water, I really like that point Mel made about sun warmed water and I bet plants are happy too. Now, it's just a matter of waiting to see how things grow. I have one tumbler that should be ready in a week or so, been filling for 5 months.  my other tumbler will arrive next week and I have lots to start a new one. If need be I will get a third tumbler just like Sanderson's. I'm kinda sorry that I didn't order one like hers now. If this works out I'll have a total of three similar beds next season and, hopefully six the next...Heat doesn't seem to be an issue as many thought it would be. Edges get warm, however not anywhere near blistering hot everything got when empty. Seems the Mix inside is keeping it from being blistering hot. I have cucumber, eggplant, tomatoe's, and the tall plants are basil. It's delicious, as I snip of a couple leaves and taste that delicious taste of fresh basil.Small skimpy looking plants are bell peppers that I pruned last week. They are starting to grow now in the stem Ys....The structure holding the trough is just temporary as I am still considering building upright posts, then supporting troughs on shelving. making a U shape structure.  Going to need some very sturdy material, a full trough is extremely heavy....






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Post  sanderson on 6/8/2018, 2:31 pm

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Post  yolos on 6/8/2018, 3:02 pm

Love it.  All nice and pretty.  Straw is fresh and beautiful.  No weeds.  Congrats.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/8/2018, 3:50 pm

@yolos wrote:Love it.  All nice and pretty.  Straw is fresh and beautiful.  No weeds.  Congrats.
Thanks Yolos, I don't know whats going on but ever since I started SFG I have not any problems with weeds. At my previous home before SFG my gosh weeds were rampart. Not gonna cry about it either...LOL...
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Post  Dunkinjean on 6/8/2018, 11:29 pm

JimmyCee,
I am always intrigued by all your methods of garden with SFG. You always have wonderful ideas!

This year I decided to try using straw as a mulch around all of my plants to keep them happy.

If this works I will do it again next year.
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Post  sanderson on 6/9/2018, 3:26 am

Jean, I love straw mulch, for many reasons.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/9/2018, 11:14 am

Love it Jimmy!!!!I love you
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/9/2018, 11:17 am

Jimmy, you have done it again. Great ingenuity.  Praying you will have an abundant harvest.

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Post  BlackjackWidow on 6/9/2018, 12:17 pm

Love the look of your gardens with the straw spread over it. So pretty! I don't know that I would feel the same way about cutting buckets of straw, tho. Smile
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/9/2018, 10:41 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Jimmy, you have done it again. Great ingenuity.  Praying you will have an abundant harvest.
ME TOO....LOL...
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/12/2018, 10:03 am

I am getting happier with every passing day now....Today marks one week since planting...all plants are starting to look as if they are happy..Pepper plants were  pruned back to four leaves and they are sprouting up nicely...






Pruned pepper plants...... 1 week after pruning
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/12/2018, 10:06 am

Pepper plants pruning.







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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/12/2018, 2:34 pm

OOoooo...that's so hard to do, Jimmy...cutting off their heads.  I could only do it on 2 of my 5 plants this year.

Your garden looks wonderful!

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/21/2018, 11:06 pm

2 weeks after planting in this water trough. I'm not at alll concerned anymore about heat from sun on the metal.Seems the mix inside is keeping things from over heating. Everything is doing much better than I ever anticipated. My fresh compost may be ready in 2 - 3 weeks. Not at all bad in my opinion for 2 weeks growth. Grid lines aren't in yet as I am having trouble finding the line I want to use.

front side...notice thos lovely cucumber flowers and no beetles anywhere....




Egg plants...coming along nicely



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Other side view..note pruned pepper plants coming back from execution style pruning.
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Post  sanderson on 6/21/2018, 11:36 pm

You have a green thumb!

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/22/2018, 10:59 pm

@sanderson wrote:You have a green thumb!
I really don't think so Sanderson...It's all in the compost.
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Post  sanderson on 6/23/2018, 3:38 am

Okay, You have a brown thumb

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Post  BlackjackWidow on 6/23/2018, 8:37 am

@sanderson wrote:Okay, You have a brown thumb
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Post  ispinwool on 6/23/2018, 8:56 am

Holy Moly!
it's like you waved a magic wand and everything magically GREW!
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/23/2018, 10:35 pm

@sanderson wrote:Okay, You have a brown thumb
I will buy that one...great call..
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/25/2018, 4:29 pm

Gorgeous!  Nice garden, Jimmy!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/25/2018, 4:37 pm

@ispinwool wrote:Holy Moly!
it's like you waved a magic wand and everything magically GREW!

I know, right?!?
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