The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Creating Compost

Playing in the leaves before adding them to the compost pile.

We were worried it might be too chilly to work in the Garden today. Yesterday's biting winds had us rethinking a Garden Club meeting last night. It was too late to contact everyone to cancel so we kept our fingers crossed and went ahead as planned. The wind died down and it was a crisp 44 degrees. The children showed up eager to work and curious.

Today's topic was compost; how to make it, why we compost, and what lives in it. Rather than waste a lot of time talking about it, we did a quick survey of what they knew about compost then  we put the kids right to work. Our wonderful kitchen staff started saving food scraps for us a couple of days ago so the first thing we did was collect the scrap bucket (green matter). One group of children got busy collecting leaves (brown matter) while another starting moving some of our leftover garden dirt into the bins for a nice compost base. I was reminded once again that what adults consider work, children consider play. I couldn't help but get caught up in their joy as they made "leaf angels" or found "fat juicy" worms in the dirt pile. All of the children worked as a team to rake leaves, shovel dirt, and layer the compost ingredients. I was thrilled to hear "I didn't know garden club could be fun when it's cold too!"

If you want to learn more about composting or start your own compost bins Cornell University has a comprehensive guide you can access by clicking here.

The bucket our kitchen waste is collected in.

This weeks tasty selection!

Collecting leaves for the compost.

Adding dirt to the compost.

Adding leaves to the "extra" bin.

Adding the "green" material to the bin.

Second layer
Working hard to even out the layer.

Ready for the next layer.
Everyone grabbed a handful.

Third layer coming in.

We added a little more dirt to the third layer of leaves.
Taking a moment to make a "leaf angel".

The finished piece.

Our hard working dedicated crew!

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