Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt!

By Oli Jacob and Ian Shevory

Last week, Ian Shevory and I went outside to compost biodegradable classroom waste. For those of you who have never been part of the Environmental Club, what we do is collect food waste from the classrooms, and take it out to the compost bins, which are in the back of the field near the cliff. Last week, to our surprise, we found something unexpected. There was a treasure trove of plants, including peppers, tomatoes, butternut squash, and purple pokeweed! We also found a large spiderweb housing a bright orange female orb weaver – a beautiful non-poisonous spider.

So how did all these plants get there?

Composting is the process of decomposing food waste, leaves and grass clippings. Bacteria, fungi and insects help break down the material, turning it into fortified soil. Mr. Wells says, ” Don’t treat your soil like dirt.” What better way is there to enrich dirt then, by diverting nutrients away from the trash and into our compost pile, helping seeds from students’ lunches grow into a treasure trove of plants?

Interested in composting at home? Get in touch with the Tower School Environmental Club or contact the Marblehead Department of Health at 781-631-0212.

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