Bryson Elementary: Scat in the garden

Bat guano, chicken manure, worm castings–these are all words that just mean “poop,” I tell the children. In an organic garden where we don’t use chemical fertilizers, poop from many animals–bats, chickens, worms–is necessary to add nutrients to the soil.

The first time one of the fifth grade classes saw the worm bin, I asked them, “What are the worms doing? What is in the bin?”

“Soil, it’s soil,” they all replied.

I hope you can imagine their horror–and my delight–when they found out it was poop. So as we ready our soil for hot weather vegetables and fruits, what’s next? Fish fertilizer and worm castings.

Happy growing.

Christine Lai

Christine Lai is a UCCE Master Gardener who joined Enrich LA in 2016. She began gardening in California in 2013 when she removed her parents’ lawn and replaced it with water wise landscaping. Today, her interests have widened to include edible and native plant gardening. She keeps a worm bin and misses the open compost pile in her old home terribly.