Tiny Composting

We’ve been having lots of fun with a big bunch of daffodils that my mum bought this week. We dissected them, made the stalk into beads for a neckless and used the rest as nature paint brushes. We had lots of bits of daffodils left at the end and decided to add them to our tiny compost bit. It’s just an old tub that we can make compost in using garden waste and kitchen scraps. It’s perfect for small spaces (our space is tiny). We have three compost tubs now and we’ve been keeping them topped up for about six months. It’s been incredibly interesting watch the changes as they turn in to compost. 

What you’ll need

  • An old water bottle or similar plastic bottle or tub. It only needs to be see-through if you want to watch the changes.
  • A pin
  • A muslin cloth
  • An elastic band
  • Scissors
  • Equal amounts of Greens (Veg, grass mowings, coffee grounds) and Browns (cardboard, paper, hedge clippings).

Method

  1. Cut the top of your container (Probably a grown up job)
  2. Pierce some holes in bottom for drainage (Also probably a grown up job)
  3. Shred your kitchen and garden scraps. The more colour the better!
  4. Stuff them into your container
  5. Secure a muslin cloth to the top of the container to stop the flies from getting in.

Verdict

Our Tiny Compost is one of my favourite ways to practice caring for the Earth. It means some of our food waste is turned into something that will nurture new plants. If our food goes to landfill it won’t rot down in the same way and it turns into methane which is a green house gas. That’s too complicated for Small to understand right now but he loves to collect ways that he can take care of our planet. It’s taken longer to make soil than I initially hoped but we are so excited to grow our first seed in our homemade soil this spring.

Watching our compost develop has been a great way to practice noticing skills and spotting the changes that happen to our food as it turns in to soil. We can run little experiments that Small chooses like adding worms to one tub but not the other, keeping one in a green house and one outside, stirring one regularly but leaving the other alone. This creates lots of opportunity of exploring, sorting, categorising, problem solving and recording. Small is always in charge of any experiments we do so that he’s as engaged as possible with his own learning. It’s important to me that he knows his efforts result in him being able to do more and know about more things. That feeling of ‘Hey! I found that out by myself!’. It means he’s more likely to make that effort again and be more switched on to education altogether. It’s fantastic to find an activity that’s really engaging and helps us to do a whole (compost) heap of learning!

 

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