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If your school garden lacks space, or if there are lots of competing demands on it, small scale school gardening can be important. 

The Compact Wooden Compost Bin is perfect for composting in a smaller space.  Measuring 60cm by 60cm but 75cm tall, it will easily fit into a small corner, but is large enough to make a good amount of compost.

For a limited period only, take advantage of this Compact Wooden Compost Bin Value Bundle.  Included are the compost bin, a wooden lid, a composting pitchfork and a bottle of compost magic.  Click here for all the details.

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This week we received an enquiry from Debra about composting fruit waste in schools, and we thought a few of you might find our advice useful….

For an excellent range of well designed compost bins visit http://www.recycleworks.co.uk.

School fruit waste is suitable to put in a compost bin, and if included with other green waste and then mixed with  50% brown waste such as thin cardboard or shredded paper, it will make compost that is suitable for use in the school garden. 
 
However the general advice is it’s often not achievable to compost all of the fruit waste generated in school, due to the quantities involved. 
 
As a general guide if the school is generating large volumes of fruit waste it is better to compost only what you can and have a well balanced compost bin that is working well.  That way everyone has a positive experience of composting, the children find it a useful learning exercise and everyone involved is then more likely to begin composting at home. 
 
Some people also worry about the fruit flies associated with this type of waste, but if the lid is left off the compost bin on a windy day, they will disperse quite easily. 
 
It’s also worth bearing in mind that because fruit waste is acidic it is particularly important to balance it with the shredded cardboard and maintain a good air circulation. 
 
The soil around a compost bin can be affected by the contents of the bin.  For example, the grass may grow quicker and be greener due to the leaching out of nutrients. 
 
For more information on composting take a look at our fact sheet – How to Make Compost.

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With autumn in the air, now is the perfect time to get composting. So for this months school competition we thought it would be fun to have a Mini Composting Quiz.

Why not have a go, it will only take a few minutes and it’s a fun way to learn more about composting. …And the first lucky school out of the hat will win one of these brilliant Children’s Twin Wooden Compost. Made from FSC wood and treated with non-toxic preservative it’s a perfect way to get kids excited about composting.  …But the closing date is 30th September 2010 so enter today! 

 

So here are the questions

Which one of the following helps to make compost in the compost bin? (a)Birds, (b)Worms or (c)Squirrels

List 3 things you can put on the compost heap

List 3 things you should avoid putting on the compost heap

True or False? – Some moisture is important for composting and helps the vegetation to break down but too much water makes the compost smelly and sloppy

Why do you think it’s important to compost kitchen and garden waste?

Send you entries by email to competitions@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk or fill in the form here and send by post to Gardening With Children, Unit 1, Bee Mill, Ribchester, PR3 3XJ.

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