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Old 06-25-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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I have a 40 Gallon rubber garbage can that I filled with soil that was removed when planting some arborvitae. It is pretty good soil and I planned to use it in a raised garden bed next year. Therefore, it is going to be sitting outside in the winter.

What is the best way to store the soil? The garbage can does not have a lid on right now.

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Not sure why you have it in a barrel, if left in a pile you could have added lawn clippings, leaves, and kitchen scraps to make compost.
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Thanks, Joe. It has only been in a barrel for about 2 weeks. I thought about doing compost. Unfortunately, I have a small yard and no where to put a pile of soil that would pass the wife-test.

I could build the raised garden bed sooner rather than later and fill it with the soil now and add lawn clippings etc. into that and have it composted by next year. Would the bed need a cover to do so?

Does that sound like a good idea?
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Thats your best idea . Don't put a cover. Just let nature do its thing. What you described is exactly how I get rid of my yard waste every fall. Right in the centre of the veggie patch
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I would not cover it up.
Just run a rake or small tiller through it once in a while to control the weeds.
Covering it may cause mold or fungus to form plus composting needs air to work.
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Thanks. So in the spring when I plant, what would I do, just add garden soil to it so that it is full and mix it all up and then plant as normal?
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I would plant in full compost then add soil to fill as needed
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