Compost and potato bag questions
Hello all - it's snowy and cold here in Michigan, and so of course I'm spending all my time daydreaming about what I want my garden to look like in, oh... 6 months (ugh, that's a long time). I was looking through various catalogs, and would really like to try planting some potatoes this summer, but have a very limited amount of gardening space that's actually sunny (too many trees on our and our neighbors' properties). One of the sunniest areas is, of course, our paved driveway. I'd like to try putting pots out there this year, and I ran across these (http://www.gardeners.com/Potato-Bin/VegetablePlanters_Cat,36-629,default,cp.html) cloth pots specifically for growing potatoes. Has anyone tried them? How well did they work for you? Also, I was hoping that someone here could settle a dispute between my husband and myself. We (OK, I) got a compost bin over the summer. I'm still setting aside things to add to the bin even though it's clearly frozen over. My husband thinks that we should stop adding things during the winter, partially because they obviously won't start decomposing until it warms up, and partially because he doesn't like going outside in the cold to empty the compost bucket. I think that we should keep adding things all winter, and that even if they don't start decomposing until the spring it'll be worth doing anyway. My husband doesn't really have much gardening experience, and most of mine comes from growing up in California where our compost never froze, so we're at an impasse. Input, anyone? Thanks!