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Creating compost for your kids garden project

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 by Maggie LaBarbera

With this month being National Garden month, we want to help you get your child's hands dirty with some fun gardening projects.

We want kids to have a successful gardening experience so they will want to grow more fruits and vegetables!  Helping your plants grow rich and strong means using some compost.

Compost is great because it adds nutrients back into the soil making it rich to grow vegetables and fruits.  Adding compost to your garden can really help plants grow strong roots and thus, a better vegetable or fruit plant.  

You can buy compost but you can just as easily make it.  An activity that is good for our environment and will save you some money.  two great reasons to make your own compost.

But if you are like me, I am a city girl, I haven't a clue where to start.

I decided to go to my brother-in-law, Vinnie, for some advice because he loves gardening and has a great vegetable garden in his backyard.  I was truly amazed last time I was out in Wisconsin and saw his garden.  

Here is what my Vinnie told me:

He makes a dirt pile and adds items in it over time that will decompose like: 

  • leaves
  • egg shells
  • coffee
  • apples
  • vegetables
  • grass clippings

Really, he said you can add any plant food that will decompose.  You can even add shredded paper (made from trees!)

Over time, it will turn into a dark pile of soil and you won't even be able to tell what you put in it.  Ready for planting!

Now, you don't have to just take his word for it.  Here are some of the amazing vegetables that he grows in his garden!  

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

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