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Nicole Alderman wrote:I'd continued documenting since this post....and then it snowed. So I started filling a 5 gallon bucket in our garage, to keep it cool. I figured the snow would melt and I'd be able to dig it in soon. BUT NO! The snow still hasn't melted, and my bucket was full and there was nowhere for the new compost to go! So I used a snow shovel to get down to the mulch, then dug the mulch out and put some of it in a pot. Then filled the hole with the 5 gallons of compost. Put the mulch on top of it, and then covered it with snow to help keep away winter-hungry creatures...and to make the garden bed a bit prettier.



I've been using this method for 2 years, and I really like it! It seems to always create my happiest gardens.  These squash were watered I think twice during the (abnormally hot) summer, and did fantastic. I give credit to Ruth Stout composting!
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Happy squash, taken July 27th, that I only watered twice even with tempuratures over 107F
Happy squash, taken July 27th, that I only watered twice even with tempuratures over 107F
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It grew all the way across and doubled backward! (Taken September 22nd)
It grew all the way across and doubled backward! (Taken September 22nd)
 
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Love Ruth Stout, have her hard cover book from the 1970's, long before the jonnie come lately changed a few word & hijacked her methods.
Most of the new books that everyone tells me I should read, when they find out I garden, are clever rewrites of Ruth Stouts book.
They update the new buzz words so young gardeners will buy their books & most of the stuff has been around for well over sixty years.
She lived it long before she wrote anything for a magazine or a book, tried & true, did not care about the money like many of the posers of today.
 
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I found out a 5 gallon bucket can quickly get too heavy for me, so I filled it partway 5 times to equal 2 bucketfuls. Some were general food scraps, but the bulk was where I cleaned stuff out of my freezer. I had chronic fatigue and other health issues for a couple of years, so some produce sat in the freezer instead of getting cooked. They weren't packaged well enough to avoid severe freezer burn for that long.

I had some chop and drop areas that needed much more mulch, so I pulled the thin layer of chopped stuff aside, dumped the buckets, and covered with wood chips.
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Bucket 1 with mulch pulled aside
Bucket 1 with mulch pulled aside
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Bucket 1 emptied and mulched
Bucket 1 emptied and mulched
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Bucket 2
Bucket 2
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Bucket 2 emptied and mulched
Bucket 2 emptied and mulched
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Bucket 3
Bucket 3
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Bucket 3 emptied and mulched
Bucket 3 emptied and mulched
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Bucket 4
Bucket 4
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Bucket 4 emptied and mulched
Bucket 4 emptied and mulched
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Bucket 5
Bucket 5
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Bucket 5 emptied and mulched
Bucket 5 emptied and mulched
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To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
  - a photo of the bucket of kitchen scraps next to the opened mulch
  - a photo of the empty bucket and the new mound of mulch
  - repeat for second bucket
  - describe the volume of your bucket(s) and how full they were



These were two full five gallon buckets.

I've been mulching over my lawn recently, coverting it into a food forest and need to build up the soil, so.... BB time!
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1st bucket beside opened mulch
1st bucket beside opened mulch
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1st bucket emptied and mulched back over
1st bucket emptied and mulched back over
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2nd bucket beside next spot and opened mulch
2nd bucket beside next spot and opened mulch
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2nd bucket emptied and mulched over
2nd bucket emptied and mulched over
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Over the summer of 2021, I collected and deposited 4 10 litter buckets of kitchen scraps in 2 different areas of my gardens. 40 liters of kitchen scraps is equivalent to 10.56 gallons and thus fulfills the requirements for the Ruth Stout composting BB. I have attached pictures of all the buckets and the before and after pictures of covering the scraps with mulch.
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spot 1
spot 1
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first 10L bucket of scraps
first 10L bucket of scraps
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mulch moved aside
mulch moved aside
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scraps deposited
scraps deposited
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covering scraps with mulch
covering scraps with mulch
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scraps fully covered in spot 1
scraps fully covered in spot 1
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second 10L bucket for spot 1
second 10L bucket for spot 1
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scraps in bucket near garden
scraps in bucket near garden
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scrap load 2 deposited
scrap load 2 deposited
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2nd bucket of scraps covered with mulch
2nd bucket of scraps covered with mulch
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spot 2 before
spot 2 before
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3rd 10L bucket of scraps
3rd 10L bucket of scraps
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scraps deposited
scraps deposited
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3rd bucket of scraps covered in mulch
3rd bucket of scraps covered in mulch
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empty bucket
empty bucket
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second bucket of scraps for 2nd spot
second bucket of scraps for 2nd spot
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scraps deposited 2nd time in 2nd spot
scraps deposited 2nd time in 2nd spot
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2nd bucket at 2nd spot covered in mulch
2nd bucket at 2nd spot covered in mulch
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