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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 Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a three-part choose your own adventure list BB called Big List. You must complete three Badge Bits in the Big List.)

In this Badge Bit, you will find and clean up things that somehow "went missing" the rest of the year.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
After the snow has melted and before the grasses have started to grow, fill a pickup bed with stuff that somehow “went missing” the rest of the year:
  • Tools
  • Materials
  • Garbage


  • To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide pictures or a short (less than two minutes) video depicting the following:
  • The land you're tending, after the snow has melted and before the grasses have started to grow
  • An item from the list that "went missing"
  • Another item from the list that "went missing"
  • Another item from the list that "went missing"
  • A collection of rescued items



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    Well do I have a spring cleaning for you.  I have not spring cleaned in awhile.  Four years or so. I do urban permaculture because I live in the middle of a city.  Luckily I'm in a fairly natural part with fields and greenways and oh yeah, abandoned and overgrown areas abutting my land. That leads to strange things like items being moved from where they were.  Things being dumped. And also, my own laziness and despair as I quite simply gave up for a couple years, leaving tools and materials out to rot.

    So I finally decided to do something about it.  Pickup truck bed?  Pffft.  I got a 15 ton dumpster.

    (One caveat, which is that there is grass here 365 days a year, so it would be impossible for me to comply unless I torched the ground and then snapped a picture before the grasses grew back.  Assuming that's what neither of us wants, allow me to regale you with pictures.)
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    View of the open areas with woods along the edges.
    View of the open areas with woods along the edges.
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    There were lots of piles to clean up, like this one here. A mix of reclaimed materials and also slashed hoses, ruined tarps, and other junk.
    There were lots of piles to clean up, like this one here. A mix of reclaimed materials and also slashed hoses, ruined tarps, and other junk.
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    There was also lots of debris from a christmas tree farm that sets up in the field every winter, then leaves behind piles of crap.
    There was also lots of debris from a christmas tree farm that sets up in the field every winter, then leaves behind piles of crap.
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    So I got the dumpster. This is an interpretive dance I call "2020"
    So I got the dumpster. This is an interpretive dance I call "2020"
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    I filled it to the brim with 15 cubic yards of rotted particle board, the junk you saw earlier (most of it rotted with rusty nails), and also stuff from my basement.
    I filled it to the brim with 15 cubic yards of rotted particle board, the junk you saw earlier (most of it rotted with rusty nails), and also stuff from my basement.
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    After combing the entire landscape, especially this area that had decades worth of old rusted metal, nails, broken glass, etc, things were right again.
    After combing the entire landscape, especially this area that had decades worth of old rusted metal, nails, broken glass, etc, things were right again.
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    I recovered this transplanter. May not look like much but I've been missing it for years.
    I recovered this transplanter. May not look like much but I've been missing it for years.
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    Also found my precious, a pair of Fiskars trimmers I've been using for twenty years, which was actually stuck in a root I'd been trying to trim.
    Also found my precious, a pair of Fiskars trimmers I've been using for twenty years, which was actually stuck in a root I'd been trying to trim.
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    The biggest score/heartache is this wheelbarrow which had rusted and rotted out. Tripped on it in the weeds. Turned it into a pollinator garden.
    The biggest score/heartache is this wheelbarrow which had rusted and rotted out. Tripped on it in the weeds. Turned it into a pollinator garden.
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    A collection I recovered was this stack of planters from various plant purchases and reuse efforts over the years. They. Were. Everywhere.
    A collection I recovered was this stack of planters from various plant purchases and reuse efforts over the years. They. Were. Everywhere.
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    I certify this BB complete!

     
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