Compost Tuesday at Aspire
The Aspire garden received a donated compost bin and the students have been very interested in learning to make great compost for our garden!
Making compost is like following a recipe… kind of like a salad!
Step 1: Collect a bucket of 50% Green materials (unedible green leaves, apple cores, scraps of fruit and vegetables, coffee grounds)
Step 2: Add 50% Brown Materials ( dry brown leaves, shredded paper, scraps of cardboard)
Step 3: Chop, snip or tear all material into same size pieces.
Step 4: MIX WELL with water! Your Pile should have the consistency of a damp sponge.
Step 5: Follow the same recipe when adding fresh materials.
I explained to the students that Step 4 is the most important because water is necessary for microorganisms to survive. Those are the little guys that start the whole decomposition process!
We made a sign to encourage all Aspire students to help us build great compost from lunch waste. The sign shows the kids what can go in the compost bin and what to avoid.
Before leaving the garden, we had a taste of this beauty!
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