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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Rachel Enlow!!!

Rachel Enlow (#6992) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Gaining Ground Merit Badge!

“Last year, I made my first compost bin from a 50-gallon Rubbermaid tub. I researched what to put in and not put in, drilled holes for air and moisture flow, and got a rake tool for turning it frequently.

This spring, I bought a second tub because I couldn’t use my compost fast enough. I am pulling out of the old tub for this year’s garden and contributing fresh organic matter to the new tub. Next year, I will reverse that. I am already seeing some lovely decomposition in this new tub and really look forward to next year! I am hoping that this two-bin system will serve me well for many years.

In the picture are my two tubs, which I moved to be near my garden.

It worked out so well that this year, I had a lot of compost to use in my garden, nearly 30 gallons. That’s a lot for a small garden like mine!

The only “problem” I’ve had is that I must have thrown a cucumber in with it because this year, I am getting cucumber sprouts everywhere I used the mulch!”


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Rachel, congratulations on creating a sustainable and rich source of compost for your gardening needs! I am sure you put a lot of time reading and learning what to do, and it is great to hear how well all is paying off for you. Enjoy your harvest this year too! Maybe it will require a pickle recipe or two?!

  2. Cindi says:

    Congratulations! What an excellent idea to use the tubs. it sounds like your compost broke down very quickly. I will have to try that. Oh, be careful with chive blooms, too! hahaha! I have chives all over the place.

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