Exciting to learn this is a common method! While I have a compost bin and worm bin setup, started doing this out of laziness a while back and have seen great results. Started adding some to a new garden row mulched mostly with leaves.
- describe the volume of your bucket(s) and how full they were
2 x 4 gallon (full) & 1 x 4 gallon (1/4 full) 1 x 5 gallon (half full) = ~10 gallons
- 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
Well done on your Badge Bit. They are not always that easy to interpret or get right the first time. Well done. I note that you are fairly new to posting so for BBs, I tend to look at what others have done for the same BB and try to copy them. I usually look at someone with the most BBs or PEP 1.
Looking forward to seeing more BBs in the not to distant future.
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As I write up the details for this BB, checking the calculations, I realise that I've accidentally doubled what was required.
We collect our compost in a stainless steel mixing bowl. To cut down on the number of trips (and for this purpose, photos), I used our largest mixing bowl. I calculated the volume in the beginning and converted it to US gallons, then set to work.
Converting between systems often invites errors. Somewhere along the line, I guess I thought that the number of bowls needed was for one location rather than both so I kept working on it. I have a 16 sq metre area of wood chip that I'm currently focusing on, so it was just a matter of keeping going.
Anyway, I filled my 10 litre bowl 4 times for each area. Converting this, I find that it is 1352 (US) fluid ounces, or 10.5 US gallons instead of the 5 required for each area At least this type of mix up made the worms happy! 🤷
Thanks for submitting it, Thomas. To my eye those look like 1-gallon buckets, so you'll need to do a few more to fit the BB requirements (2 5-gallon buckets or equivalent in 2 spots).
Unless you have freaky-big hands or can verify the size of the buckets. Let me know, you're on your way.
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Using the Ruth Stout method, I put 10 dry gallons of kitchen scraps into our mulched garden area. To ensure that I can reflect on my leaning, I have created a journal that I can add to as I learn more about each skill.
Can we dig a hole in the bed soil and bury the compost scraps? I am concerned rats are going to just feast from a heap on dirt surface with mulch on top. I thought if I buried it and put some dirt and our mulch on top that would protect it from the rats, what do you think? Would that qualify as okay for the badge?
I'm house-sitting here and some of these garden beds are sitting dry. I've already been having a go at Ruth Stouting a bit in the bed pictured. For this BB submission I added some extra substantial loads, plus an extra gallon in a totally different area of the property. What was dry powder before now has worms crawling. The aim is to leave the beds better than I found them without outside inputs - just organic matter from the kitchen and garden.