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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Gardening.

Chop and Drop is a method that stacks several functions.  It cuts out growth that you either don't want or was intended to be cut.  It mulches areas with that growth to smother undesirables.  It transfers nutrients from the chopped plants to the desirable plants being mulched.

Usually, 3 square feet of area would be chopped to fully smother-mulch 1 square foot.

Here is one related post on the subject Build abundance with chop and drop

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - Chop materials and mulch 50 square feet of desirable plants.

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
  - Photo of the area prior to mulching
  - Photo after mulching

Clarifications:
  - You may chop material from another area if needed
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one possible way to do chop and drop:

 
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I chopped and dropped 5 areas with fruit trees, 1 paw paw, two cherries, and 2 peaches. There are also some new blackberries planted along the outside edge of the peaches.

Each area is about 4 ft by 4ft. The total area should be about 80 square feet.

I used a scythe, hand sickle, hori hori knife on each one, and a swing blade on the last more overgrown peach tree area. :)
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I certify that this BB is complete

 
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Steve, I certified your BB.

And then I updated the wiki page to mention that usually you cut 3 square feet to make a smother-mulch for 1 square foot.  
 
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Sounds good, thanks Paul.
 
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