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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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Composting party from PTJ - This was my task. Did a bunch of loads


Random order of buckets - each bucket was about 3 gallons - So I composted about 15 gallons.
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I collected food scraps in pails that are about 3 gallons.
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Full pail
Full pail
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Going in the hole
Going in the hole
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Covered up
Covered up
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Full pail and hole dug
Full pail and hole dug
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Empty pail and covered with mulch
Empty pail and covered with mulch
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Full pail and hole dug
Full pail and hole dug
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Empty pail and hole full
Empty pail and hole full
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Mulched
Mulched
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I did Ruth Stout composting at Wheaton labs. They've been adding sawdust to the compost buckets to keep it from smelling, so I did 3 spots to make sure I hit the 10 gallon requirement. All of these were done on hugels. The buckets were all close to full, and they are 5 gallon buckets.
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empty bucket 3
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full bucket 3
full bucket 3
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empty bucket 2
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full bucket 2
full bucket 2
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empty bucket 1
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food bucket 1
food bucket 1
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OK, this is an attempt at my first BB -- seemed like something I could accomplish in short order.

I have a Seaberry stand with six plants that I deep-mulched with wood chips and cardboard early this summer and decided they would be a fine recipient for this "Ruth Stout compost" feeding. Herein, I'm documenting giving the first four of them 2.5 gallons of kitchen waste each. (I stopped with four because coming up with the ten gallons of compost ran me out, so the last two will have to wait a few weeks, but I'll get them too.)



The first bucket I found was a 15 quart capacity (3.75 gallons) Rubbermaid and I calculated that if I got it 2/3 full, I'd have exactly 2.5 gallons, so I did that four times. It's sort of hard to figure what 2/3 full is and the top of a pile of kitchen scraps isn't exactly even, so I made sure to go a little over each time.



So here's photo-documentation of the four buckets of slop I buried near my four little bushes:






And a little panorama with the location of the newly fed seaberries in the lower left, just for fun:



So, did I do this right?
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