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Here is my submission for the Gardening - Sand - Ruth Stout Style Composting BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided Opalyn's Log for Ruth Stout Composting.  I'm including only 2 photos here and the rest are in my log.

Over the course of BB20, I collected approximately 5.5 gallons of compost and made a RS compost pile on the Quartz Road side of a Hugelkultur berm at Base Camp.



After returning to my sister's in Tacoma, I collected approximately 5.2 gallons of compost and made a RS compost pile in the chop and drop project area.

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Here is the start, there is no 9 litars volume but is very close
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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.
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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.

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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.

 
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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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Couldn’t edit my previous post, so here’s a second submission:

13 gallons of food scraps buried under mulch.
3 gallons in one spot.
10 gallons in another spot.
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3 gallon batch of food scraps. Spot 1
3 gallon batch of food scraps. Spot 1
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Raked old mulch to the side
Raked old mulch to the side
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Dumped the food scraps
Dumped the food scraps
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Re-buried the food scraps in mulch
Re-buried the food scraps in mulch
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Food scraps in 5 gallon buckets.
Food scraps in 5 gallon buckets.
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Mulch mound to add the food scraps to. Spot 2.
Mulch mound to add the food scraps to. Spot 2.
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Adding food scraps one bucket at a time.
Adding food scraps one bucket at a time.
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Spreading out the food scraps.
Spreading out the food scraps.
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Covered the food scraps in more mulch and smoothed it out.
Covered the food scraps in more mulch and smoothed it out.
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I collected two full five gallon buckets of kitchen scraps for a total of 10 gallons, deposited in the garden and mulched with spoiled hay.
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First 5 gallons of kitchen scraps.
First 5 gallons of kitchen scraps.
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Next to opened mulch.
Next to opened mulch.
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Empty bucket next to opened mulch.
Empty bucket next to opened mulch.
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Empty bucket next to mound of mulch.
Empty bucket next to mound of mulch.
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Second 5 gallon bucket of kitchen scraps next to opened mulch.
Second 5 gallon bucket of kitchen scraps next to opened mulch.
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Empty bucket next to opened mulch.
Empty bucket next to opened mulch.
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Empty bucket next to mound of mulch.
Empty bucket next to mound of mulch.
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Here's my submission. Been composting for a while, first time burying the compost in mulch rather than my 3 bin system!

This is a mix of kitchen scraps and plant trimmings (~12 Gal Bin) going into the mulch where I intend to plant a peach tree later this fall.

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Hi,

We started a permaculture vegetable garden last year and I’ve been composting with this method for few month because I think it’s the best way to do it (fast, easy, bring fertility and life activity back).

Unfortunately we have a lot of rats in our backyard and they dig the mulch for the food scrap, witch is fine. But because I don’t wanna attract them in the garden, I changed my strategy.

Now I layer a pile composed of straws, wood chips, comfrey, whatever I’m chopping and trimming and I add the food scrap and coffee ground. Then I shred/mix the pile with the lawn mower and drop it as mulch. So the food scrap is shredded and incorporated to the mulch.


Though, for the purpose of this BB I removed the mulch in a spot one of my beds, I dropped about 1.5 gallon of food scrap and I covered it back with the mulch.


My other ways to use the food scrap is to feed the worm factory then cover the food with shredded paper, and to feed the worm towers of my 2 wicking beds by lifting the straw on top, dropping the food and putting back the straws.

I hope this could be enough to validate this badge.
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1.5 gallon next to the mulched spot
1.5 gallon next to the mulched spot
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Mulch removed
Mulch removed
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Food scrap dropped
Food scrap dropped
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Covered back with the mulch
Covered back with the mulch
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Pile straw and other stuff with food scrap and coffee ground on top
Pile straw and other stuff with food scrap and coffee ground on top
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Added some leaves and the rest of a nettle tea
Added some leaves and the rest of a nettle tea
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Finish with some more straws and comfrey then shred everything
Finish with some more straws and comfrey then shred everything
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About to drop
About to drop
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Filled half of the bed with that pile
Filled half of the bed with that pile
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Worm factory
Worm factory
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Fed 2 days ago
Fed 2 days ago
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Ad wet shredded paper
Ad wet shredded paper
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And coffee ground (yeah we drink a lot of coffee)
And coffee ground (yeah we drink a lot of coffee)
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The wicking beds
The wicking beds
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The worm tower
The worm tower
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Mulch on top as cover
Mulch on top as cover
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Mulch removed
Mulch removed
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Worms still feeding on the previous food scrap I gave them
Worms still feeding on the previous food scrap I gave them
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Covering back with the mulch
Covering back with the mulch
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Ruth Stout BB submission
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1st pail 80% full
1st pail 80% full
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Dumpity-dump-dump
Dumpity-dump-dump
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1: All tucked in.
1: All tucked in.
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2nd pail 100% full
2nd pail 100% full
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2: Mulched over.
2: Mulched over.
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3rd pail 110% full!
3rd pail 110% full!
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3: Mulched over.
3: Mulched over.
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Hello,

Here are 4 example of the Ruth Stout style of composting. I had started with a 5 gallon bucket, but I do not produce enough volume of compost to merit that size, so I downsized to a 2 gallon bucket.

Since the first bucket was larger it was starting to break down by the time I was able to dump it, and I had to find a few spots for that much. The remaining buckets were much easier to fill and find a spot for. Details of each bucket are with the photo.
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A 5 gallon bucket densely packed and starting to decompose. Heavy and required 3 holes.
A 5 gallon bucket densely packed and starting to decompose. Heavy and required 3 holes.
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Empty 5 gallon bucket and covered compost.
Empty 5 gallon bucket and covered compost.
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Switched to a 2 gallon bucket. Was much lighter and easier to work with.
Switched to a 2 gallon bucket. Was much lighter and easier to work with.
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Empty 2 gallon and covered mulch.
Empty 2 gallon and covered mulch.
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3rd dump, using a 2 gallon bucket. Decomposing slight but still easier to work with than 5 gallon.
3rd dump, using a 2 gallon bucket. Decomposing slight but still easier to work with than 5 gallon.
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Empty bucket next to covered compost.
Empty bucket next to covered compost.
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4th dump, using a 2 gallon bucket of veggie scraps that were used for stock.
4th dump, using a 2 gallon bucket of veggie scraps that were used for stock.
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Empty bucket and covered compost.
Empty bucket and covered compost.
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