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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
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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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full bucket 3
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full bucket 2
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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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Whew! Finally got 10 gallons of food scraps, spread out over 2 months and as many states.
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Batch 1: 2.5 gallons at PTJ 2021
Batch 1: 2.5 gallons at PTJ 2021
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Batch 1 Hole
Batch 1 Hole
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Batch 1 Hole covered up
Batch 1 Hole covered up
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Batch 2: 5 gallons
Batch 2: 5 gallons
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Batch 2
Batch 2
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Batch 2
Batch 2
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Batch 3
Batch 3
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Batch 3: 2 gallons
Batch 3: 2 gallons
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Batch 3
Batch 3
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Batch 4: 2 gallons
Batch 4: 2 gallons
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Batch 4
Batch 4
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Batch 4
Batch 4
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Here is my submission for the Ruth Stout Composting BB

I spread the 2 and 2/3 buckets of scraps in about 5 different spots and replaced the mulch that was already there from previous chop and drop. Found a paper towel in one that I removed because here we do not compost paper materials.

These are 3 gallon buckets. So with 2 full buckets and one about 2/3 full should be roughly 8 gallons altogether

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Half bucket in spot one
Half bucket in spot one
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Placed in spot one
Placed in spot one
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Half bucket in spot 2
Half bucket in spot 2
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Emptied bucket
Emptied bucket
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Replaced mulch
Replaced mulch
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Bucket 2 in spot 3
Bucket 2 in spot 3
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Half bucket in spot 3
Half bucket in spot 3
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Half bucket in spot 4
Half bucket in spot 4
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Compost placed in spot 4
Compost placed in spot 4
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Compost covered
Compost covered
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Bucket 3
Bucket 3
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Bucket 3 in spot 5
Bucket 3 in spot 5
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Compost in spot 5
Compost in spot 5
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Compost covered
Compost covered
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The Straw Scrubby
The Straw Scrubby
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Cleans out excess compost pretty well I say
Cleans out excess compost pretty well I say
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Placed another 3 gallon bucket today. Should bring me up to 10-11 gallons now.
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3 gallon bucket in spot
3 gallon bucket in spot
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Spot filled
Spot filled
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Spot mulch replaced
Spot mulch replaced
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