Composting is fun, easy, and great for the environment, but it is also an excellent science experiment to teach kids more about biology, life cycles, recycling, and conservation.
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Composting is a natural process of decomposition that recycles organic material. Nature recycles leaves and plants into nutrients that feed forest plants. You can set up a composting bin at home to recycle leaves and plants to use in our gardens to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Tend to your virtual compost heap with this online game.
Build a Micro Composting Bin
What you Need:
- Transparent 2-Liter Soda Bottle
- Food & Lawn Scraps
- Spray bottle with Water
- Gardening Soil
Rinse your soda bottle and remove the label. Cut the top off the bottle.
Fill the bottom of the soda bottle with a handful of gardening soil.
Then add a some of the lawn scraps, followed by a few food scraps.
Repeat this process until the bottle is full, finishing with a layer of soil.
Once your bottle is full, spray the bottle with water. Do not soak it; it should only be damp.
Place your composter in a sunny spot. Spray your composter when it becomes dry to maintain moisture.
Watch and wait as your food and lawn scraps decompose and turn to soil. The whole process will take about eight or nine weeks.
Use a draw and write notebooking page to record the process with photos or a drawing each week.
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5 Facts About Worms
- Worms require air to live. They go to the surface to escape waterlogged soils.
- Worms are hermaphrodites, they have both female and male parts.
- Worms eat up to half of their body weight every day
- Food passes through worms in 24 hours and is digested into the form of castings.
- Worms despise light – two or more hours exposed to sunlight will usually kill them.
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This post is part of the 10 Days of Summer Homeschooling: Homeschooling in the Garden series.