Middle School Garden Integration
Garden instructor, Mrs. Breed-Parks, collaborated with seventh grade scientists this week to examine the cycling of energy through the decomposition cycle. Students investigated the FBI (fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates) that decompose once-living material into humus by examining soil samples and taking a “census” of the various FBI. They then learned techniques for speeding up the decomposition process by composting. A successful compost pile requires a proper ratio of carbon-rich materials, or “browns”, and nitrogen-rich materials, or “greens”. Brown materials include items such as dried leaves, straw, and wood chips, whereas green materials include items such as grass clippings and kitchen scraps.
Students also visited the middle school garden and started their own compost pile with items that they brought in. While outside, they checked on the crops they had planted in the garden and found radishes and lettuce ready to harvest. Expect some delicious lettuce on the salad bar all week!
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