Ruth Style Composting.
Finally convinced my parents to start composting. I set up a system for them with two 5 gallon buckets and two 12 gallon totes.
They have been collecting compost now for just over a year. A small bin in the kitchen gets filled regularly with food scraps and gets emptied into a 5 gallon bucket every day or two.
Then when the 5 gallon bucket is nearly filled, it gets emptied into another 5 gallon bucket. If the other 5 gallon bucket is full, then it goes into a 12 gallon tote, if one 12 gallon tote is full, then they fill the other.
This way, they've ended up with a compost capacity of 34 gallons. The benefit of having small containers that they must empty regularly gets the compost turning and aerating without them having to think about that.
Over the last couple of weeks, I've been starting a new garden for them and digging out several spots in their clay rich soil where they plan to plant vegetables and burying semi-finished compost, then recovering with mulchy soil.
Buried on the order of 48 gallons of food scraps and garden clippings under the soil.
Someone approved this submission. Note: Sorry Pierre, the concept is to take raw food scraps and just tuck them under some mulch. Your composted materials may have counted if they were just put under mulch. The concept is simple composting in place with the smell and decomposition happening in the garden.
Mike Haasl flagged this submission as not complete. BBV price: 1 Note: Sorry Pierre, the concept is to take raw food scraps and just tuck them under some mulch. Your composted materials may have counted if they were just put under mulch. The concept is simple composting in place with the smell and decomposition happening in the garden.
wayne fajkus wrote:10 gallons of kitchen scraps is a lot to accumulate at 1 time (couple, no kids) without it souring. Any considerations to lower that? I would have to freeze it.
One possible solution to address the amount of kitchen scraps is to collect scraps from multiple households. I'm a compost host on Sharewaste, any my donors fill my 2x16litre (2x3.5 gallons) buckets weekly (often twice) that I keep in front of my gate.
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