Mini Blogger – Composting by Sophia aged 11

Sophia and compost bin
Sophia Mixing Her Compost
Why compost?
Composting is a great way to reduce waste and feed your garden. By composting your fruit and vegetable scraps you are not only doing a good deed for nature but you are helping reduce pollution; for example when you throw your fruit and veggie scraps in the normal rubbish bin it rots and produces toxic gasses. When you compost you avoid this.
By composting you are also creating a cycle: first you eat the fruit and/or vegetables and then throw the scraps in your compost bucket, when your compost bucket gets full you take the bucket out to your big compost bin and over time the scraps will break down so that you can use it on your veggie garden. This is excellent soil for your new vegetables to grow healthy and also saves you money because you don’t have to buy soil. Once it has all broken down you can use it on your garden, then when your fruits and veggies are ready to pick the cycle restarts.
Tips for composting:

  • If you don’t want your compost to smell as much, put straw, wood shavings, sticks, grass clippings and tea bags ( but wait until they cool off before you put them in.)
  • Try and have your compost 60% green and 40% dry.
  • It’s good to turn your compost once in a while as it helps to aerate and it helps your compost break down faster.
  • If you see lots of worms, your compost is healthy but if you don’t see a lot of worms living in your compost try and even it out your green to dry ratio.
  • Worms don’t like citrus things or onions, chilli and garlic.
  • If you want, you can put eggshells in your compost so that when you put it on your veggie patch it keeps snails away.
  • You can also put egg cartons in your compost as something dry.

Happy Composting!

Sophia and Her Veggie Patch
Sophia and Her Veggie Patch