|Ready to bury|
In order to complete the last steps of breakdown, the fermented food needs to be buried in the soil. When you go to bury the contents, you have to wait a week after the food at the top has been put in so it has a chance to ferment. You can see in the picture how the food is covered in white mold, which means to process is working. Green mold is another story, but fortunately that hasn't happened to us. I reckon it all begins to look slightly yellow like it's pickling. This is where I was crossing my fingers that everything worked like it should. I was worried that our rocky, dusty soil wasn't even quality enough to complete the breakdown process. Fortunately everything worked well. I checked the soil about three weeks later and was having problems finding any evidence of food. I started to think that maybe I had the wrong area of the garden, but I did come across an eggshell which hadn't broken down yet. It's like magic! My hope is that over time we will end up with quality soil throughout our garden.
|Just needs to be covered in soil|