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Composting for Kids

How to Compost

What is composting?

Composting takes place naturally when leaves fall from the trees to the ground. Microbes, minute living creatures in the soil, break down the leaves and organic matter. They produce humus which is rich in the nutrients that plants need for healthy growth. The home gardener can take advantage of this natural process by creating their own compost for use in the garden.

What are the benefits of composting?

What materials do I need to compost?

Generally two types of materials are needed.

What materials should I NOT compost?

How do I make my compost?

Step 1: Choose a large container to hold the compost. You can help your parents build one or ask them to buy premade ones from your local garden centers. Place your container in a location that is near a water source, out of the way, and easy to access.

Step 2: Layer your compost materials making sure to get an equal mix of green and brown materials. Your compost will take longer to break down if a large amount of brown materials are added. Alternately, if you add an excess of green materials your compost will be slimy.

Step 3: Turn your pile.

Step 4: Make use of your compost for a beautiful garden.