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Composting Lessons

Composting teaches very valuable lessons to children. They learn to recycle and reuse materials in an earth-friendly activity.  

It also involves dirt, digging, and water–favorite children’s activities.

Compost Benefits

There are multiple benefits of composting:

1. Compost contains the full spectrum of essential plant nutrients. 

2. Compost releases those nutrients slowly, over several months or years.

3. Compost balances both acid and alkaline soils, bringing PH levels into the optimum range for nutrient availability.

4. It makes fantastic mulch.

5. It helps aerate the soil.

6. It can be mixed into potting soils.

Involve Child in Composting

How can you involve your child or children in composting?

It is easy! Just show them how. 

It is more dirt to dig in and that is fun for any child!

How to Start Composting

Look for a spot in your garden where you can build a compost bin.

Then let your children help you gather these materials.

Start with three-four containers of "green" yard materials–grass clippings and garden debris. 

Add three-four containers of brown materials–leaves, dry weeks, brush, and woody materials from pruning. 

If you need to, chop up large branches but let your children do whatever they can to contribute–based on their age or safety, of course.

Add-two three containers of garden soil. A trip to a nearby park that is not poisoned by chemicals by the city is a great way to acquire this soil. 

Add vegetables and fruit scraps and those great old coffee grounds. 

Yes, it is messy? But kids love a mess.

Layer this material together–as high as is practical for your child.

Now water it all in.

Compost needs to be turned over every one to two weeks with a shovel (or pitchfork) until the pile does not reheat much after turning. This may be a job for mom or dad, depending upon the age of your kids. 

Important

Do not use any animal products, meat, grease, etc. in your compost pile.

Heat 

You want the compost pile to heat up to destroy seeds and grass runners.

Composted? When your compost is ready to go to the garden, it will smell like dark, rich soil. Let the pile cure for an additional two weeks before you transfer the soil to the garden. 

 


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