I am applying the Ruth Stout compost method to the black berry bed. Because I also save food waste to feed the chickens, these dumps contain things that I do not feed the chicken, like coffee grounds, heavier stalks of broccoli and cauliflower, potatoes, ect. It will be interesting to see if the potatoes sprout here next year. Each pile was placed next to the last dump so that a concentrated area is improved. I cover all the beds with either spoiled hay or leaves for the winter which makes this an easy method of composting.
I started working on this BB when I when to visit Wheaton Labs. I was placing the compost in the garden area behind the "Fischer Price House' . The bucket from the kitchen was not a 5 Gallon bucket, it was more of a 3 Gallon Bucket. I filled this bucket twice as seen below:
First Bucket & Wood Chips - At the Lab
Second Bucket & Woodchips -At the Lab
So to participate in the '20 Day of PEP Challenge' I got my food scraps ready and.... it's puking snow! Hopefully the photos are good enough. This area I'm trying to prep to grow sunchokes this Summer.
Perry! The Purple PEP Platypus!
The Green bin is a 12 Gallon Bin. It's just about half full (~ 5 Gallons). The wood shavings are used shavings from the chicken coop.
Luckily I've been putting the kitchen scraps in a compost tumbler all winter and they haven't done much, it's just getting around 50 during the day here. I don't have any heavily mulched garden beds right now, but I have been putting down cardboard and woodchips around some of my fruittrees I planted in the hay field. It's touch and go whether the hay or the tree wins, at least early on, so I tried to help out. This bed was mulched in the fall.
I have a few Ruth Stout Garden Plots through the land. 1. Is at the educational lab, and the others in the gardening zone. Below are pictures of adding food scraps to the educational lab stops. Included in the pictures of 1gal buckets, 5 gal pails.
Hey Justyn, it's hard to tell from the pictures how many buckets there are, which is which size and how full they are. Could you please confirm the volume and approximate % full each is and what the total is? Needs to be 10 gallons in total. Thanks!
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sorry about that. Those smaller ones are each 1gal, the larger yellow one is 5gal and it's about 90% full, but if you need more picture I can add more. In the picture is around 10gal. I added over the months ~20-30gal. With 5 adults here, (my parents are very wasteful eaters) that is about 2 days worth of composting. Normally it goes to the pig or chickens, but every 2 months or so I collect enough to go to my Vermicomposting toilet, and into my garden plots. Next, time I add some to the gardens I will update the pictures.