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April: Rotting Away

Page history last edited by Kyla Van Deusen 8 years, 1 month ago

After a long, cold winter, spring has finally sprung, but much later than last year. 


While waiting for the soil to warm up enough to plant warm season veggies like peppers, squash, tomatoes, beans and corn, now is a great time to explore decomposed plant matter that has made it through the winter.  The 2nd grade "Rotting Away" lesson (click link to open lesson) addresses several science standards (life cycles, fungi, effects of weather, and cycles of matter) through exploration of a rotting log or compost pile.  It also includes instruction for starting your own compost pile or hugelkultur bed.  Hugelkulture is a fun way to turn old logs and sticks into a new garden, check out this short video for more details:




Do you compost at your school?  If so, please share your compost successes, challenges and questions in the comment box!


Happy Spring,


Captain Planet Foundation

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