Trash or Compost?
- Students will be able to describe the composting process from start to finish.
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The composting process is dynamic and may never unfold the same way twice. Like many organic processes, the variables (inputs specifically) have a profound impact on the way the process unfolds.
But processes also have a predictable nature to them. Composting has a general timeline where the inputs and bacteria produce heat as the process unfolds and moisture is released by the organic material. Material breaks down until it is no longer identifiable.
Understanding the benchmarks of the general composting process will allow you to better manage it going forward.
Using a roughly 50/50 balance between brown and green inputs, start a batch of compost in your Earth Cube and monitor the process daily. How does the temperature change? Which inputs break down the quickest? Which ones take longer? Record the timeline by making daily notes.
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