Compost: Lesson 86: Grade 6: Science

  • Post a short description about your compost bin and pile. What method did you use? How is your pile turning out? How long did it take to get compost?

I talked to Mr. Dignan and he said that because I have already made a few compost bins, I did not have to make a new one. Instead I will write about my other compost bins and what I have learned about composting this year so far.

My Papa (dad) made a compost bin when I was a little girl. We had it for a long time. I can’t remember the years exactly, but it was more than 5. Then we stoped using it and for a few years we did not plant or garden at all. We originaly had a structure made out of wood. It looked like this: it was about 8 ft tall and had a 4 ft wide roof. The roof was about 10 foot long and it was slanted down on one side. It was devided into three sections with a back on one side, and two dividers for the sections. It had very good compost.

Then we started a compost pile a few years ago. We used fencing in a circle with two posts to keep it steady; just like in the video that Mr. Dignan showed us in the lesson from last week. We used goat and horse manure and old hay. It was a pretty good compost mixture.

I will tell you what I learned about compost this week and what I am doing now. I think the facts are very interesting.

You must have enough room for your compost to be moist and you must still be able to turn it around every week. You start your bin by adding a layer of brown and watering it, a layer of green and watering it, a layer of brown agian and so forth. You water in between layers.

Some green materials are:

  • Manure
  • Bad veggies
  • Bad friut
  • Coffee grounds

Some brown materials are:

  • Hay
  • Leaves
  • Chopped branches
  • newspaper

It is good to turn your compost once a week. And to make sure it is moist enough. You can also put worms in your compost. Yes, worms. Creepy little squrmy things help your compost a lot. If you don’t add them yourself, you will get them anyway. Also, beetles and other bugs.

You can actually make a Worm Compost Bin: https://www.nwf.org/Garden-for-Wildlife/Sustainability/Soil-Water-Conservation/Worm-Compost-Bin

Make Worm Compost From Kitchen Scraps - Hobby Farms
Worm compost bin

The worms are actually very good for the soil and do the work of turning for you! How cool! You can read more about them in that link.

I recently started a new compost pile last week. It is made out of old hay with goat manure. It has not been very long so we’ll see if it works. I am trying the pile method of composting.

I hope you liked my essay. If you see any mistakes please let me know in the comments. And like if you thought my essay interesting.

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2 thoughts on “Compost: Lesson 86: Grade 6: Science

  1. Cool, but it’s kinda really gross. But I understand how it is. My grandmother has a garden too. She plants many stuff. And she currently has two compost piles. We put in vegetable skins and rotten stuff or chicken bones and stuff. It smells, but it’s really good for the dirt right?!

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