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I would recommend usng either commercial potting soil, or garden dirtt thatg hasd been sterilzided
Does the oikl plug have a gasket or sdeal, or it jusdt metal to medtal?
Does the oil plug usually have a seal of some sort, or it it just metal to metal?
I like it! As near as I can figure, you ended with a soil roof about 4 inches deep. Is that about right?
If you can scrounge up the frame from a sliding glass door screen, it makes a great start for a garden gate. The frame is metal, so you can screw wood slats to the metal, and screw hinges on one side. Used one just like that for a couple of years before I scared up an old metal security door.
It all looks fairly straightforward - and, amazingly, within my skill level. I am, however, unclear about what the two little pieces of hard plywood are for?
Very nice job. And appears to be an excellent explanation.
Very nice. And it can become even more exciting. Just had a Monarch come by and leave eggs on my Asclepias tuberosa. Should have little crawlers in about 9 days. Keep mulching - it will make the garden even better in the future.