Instagram post by @agirlnamedleney Leney

one of my resolutions for the year was to build and maintain a compost heap and before the first month of the year was over i'd built one! it might be silly but i felt *so* much pride and accomplishment in building this with my own two hands. (though thanks is due to my Dad for his guidance in how to properly cut the wood, help me with the math in regards to how much hardware cloth to get *math has never been my strong suit* and letting me use his post hole digger)
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i am hoping to plant my very first garden this year as well. i've grown various things in pots around my home and on balconies in various apartments in The Fan, but now that i actually have something more in the way of a yard i am all geared up to expand my #plantmamadiaries ways in growing my own food. β€’
any tips/advice/encouragement in the way of gardening and composting is much appreciated! it's been a part of my slow living mindset to learn more over this past year and i'm so excited to start. 🌱
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#zerowasteliving
#composting
#howtogrowagarden
#dirtyhippie
#gardening
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#slowlivingrevolution

53 Comments

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @maddiesandbek do it. then you can downsize your trash can 😜

  • 50w ago sustainablyrupa sustainablyrupa

    @agirlnamedleney mine compost is wayyyy to full now and with this non consistent weather it is not getting any smaller! I am hauling it to a friends place to feed her pigs and chickens! I β€οΈπŸŒŽπŸ™‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  • 50w ago _jessicalarge _jessicalarge

    Way to go, Leney! Now you just need a chicken or two πŸ”πŸ” My grandma has always had an amazing garden and she swears that eggshells are the secret.

  • 50w ago monicaruss94 monicaruss94

    Yaaaaaaass!! Compost is life to so many plants! Proud of you for doing that on your ownπŸŒΏπŸ… next time you're in Richmond let's get drinks and talk gardening :)

  • 50w ago thriftedmoon thriftedmoon

    @agirlnamedleney you’re ~supposed~ to first plant your seeds inside in march/april then plant them april/may/june but after several seasons of trial and error this last spring/summer i finally just tried to plant the seeds directly into the ground around april bc all my seedlings would just die as soon as i planted them even though i slowly introduced them to outside air, sun, water, etc

  • 50w ago mamaclinch mamaclinch

    Look into the keyhole gardens; they spiral around a compost pile core & you just water the center. Way fewer weeds, better moisture retention, & better yield if you face enough sun!

  • 50w ago natalie_t93 natalie_t93

    πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  • 50w ago ayoungmachine ayoungmachine

    yes!!! get it! I love composting. it feels wild to look back at life pre-composting - congrats on growing your way through the year😊

  • 50w ago _jessicalarge _jessicalarge

    @mamaclinch ooooh that sounds interesting!

  • 50w ago rachelhirschbergphotos rachelhirschbergphotos

    @agirlnamedleney I envy that lol! I'm working on myself which means getting out of my comfort zone more, taking more classes, and doing adventures alone (well with a toddler). I think they start classes as early as this weekend if you are interested!

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @monicaruss94 um. yes please. i would love that πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸŒ±πŸŒ±πŸ·πŸ· don't hesitate to reach out before then either!

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @_jessicalarge ooh i've heard that! well thanks to me eating at least two a day i will have plenty πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸŒ±πŸŒ±

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @ayoungmachine i know, it feels so satisfying to do it for myself! used to take mine to a local farmers market but now that i have the space i'm like ... keepin all this goodness for myselfff 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @ayoungmachine "growing your way through the year" definitely my new mantra

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @natalie_t93 still p jealous of your big tub thing though that makes it so easy πŸ˜‚

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @thriftedmoon oh! and you had more success that way huh? interesting. well that would be my preferred method-less work haha!- so here's hoping i'm just as successful with it!

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @sustainablyrupa lucky pigs and chickies! πŸ“πŸ– what kind of bin do you have?

  • 50w ago highdesertdreamer highdesertdreamer

    That is so awesome! You should be proud 😊 We have been composting for years, growing organically in our greenhouse and gardens. I’m still always amazed at how it breaks down and turns into beautiful soil, food for our plants πŸ’š Way to go! πŸ™Œ

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @rachelhirschbergphotos good for you! that's awesome. literally me all of the time. i'm like give me all of the self care/self help/self actualizing plz. i won't be able to sign up for this one but go and retain all of the information so you can share it with me πŸ˜‰

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @mamaclinch oooh... adding this to my list of things to google when i have internet... (will also respond properly to your instagram message tomorrow ❀️)

  • 50w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @highdesertdreamer that is so awesome how inspiring!! if you have any firsthand insight to share for a newbie then do let me know

  • 50w ago rachelhirschbergphotos rachelhirschbergphotos

    @agirlnamedleney Will do (;

  • 50w ago sustainablyrupa sustainablyrupa

    @agirlnamedleney it’s a black turning one, I got @ellwoodsrva like 5 years ago...it’s broken and I can’t turn it, but it’s working out fine...

  • 50w ago mysticsister__ mysticsister__

    I just started my own compost pile too! But I bought a $35 thing off amazon instead of making my own lol

  • 50w ago ayoungmachine ayoungmachine

    @agirlnamedleney πŸ˜‚πŸ‘Œ

  • 50w ago _jessicalarge _jessicalarge

    @agirlnamedleney hahaha perfect!

  • 50w ago natalie_t93 natalie_t93

    @agirlnamedleney ahhh I love it! It’s the best! It’s so heavy and hard to turn though

  • 50w ago frenchiewashere frenchiewashere

    Love this! Congratulations on your new compost bin 🌱

  • 50w ago becca_boots becca_boots

    @agirlnamedleney do you read/ listen to Gretchen Rubin? She always says done let perfect be the enemy of good and I have been trying to internalize that a lot lately!

  • 50w ago petreydishcom petreydishcom

    My version of compost pile is to toss it into my garden area. It feels good knowing it's not going into a 2ft chalk lined hole.

  • 50w ago ellwoodsrva ellwoodsrva

    Go Leney Go! πŸ’š

  • 50w ago halfpintsalvage halfpintsalvage

    Teach me the ways of composting!

  • 49w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @ellwoodsrva thanks friends! 😘

  • 49w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @halfpintsalvage not sure if i can teach yet-still learning and have to see if it's successful πŸ™ˆ i can send you all the pinterest pins i learned from though πŸ˜‚

  • 49w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @frenchiewashere thank you Dawn!

  • 49w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @mysticsister__ hey whatever it takes to get you to do it right? i have friends who love that kind! i just wanted something bigger and something that would be reusable if this experimental version didn't work!

  • 49w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @becca_boots actually reading her book The Four Tendencies now!

  • 49w ago mysticsister__ mysticsister__

    @agirlnamedleney yeah that makes sense. I actually love the one I got. My neighbors suggested it. It expands out to 4 ft by 4 ft so it’s plenty big for my backyard garden. Yay for us new composters!

  • 46w ago styleinthestix styleinthestix

    @agirlnamedleney really cool x

  • 46w ago agirlnamedleney agirlnamedleney

    @styleinthestix thanks friends!

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