May 22, 2018

Do you know ADAM?

Compost for kids

ADAM can help you make better compost

Did you know that ADAM can help you and your kids make great compost?

ADAM is a great way to help kids remember the important elements required for making good compost for the garden:

A – Aliveness – A compost pile is living system and home to billions of micro-organisms that work to breakdown and help kitchen and garden waste decompose.

D – Diversity – A rich and healthy compost pile needs a diverse range of materials. Make sure you include a mix or green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) materials. Examples of green materials include – fruit and vegie scraps, fresh grass clippings, manure, coffee grounds and tea bags. Brown materials include straw and sugarcane mulch, dry leaves and grass, cardboard and paper.

A – Aeration (or air) – Good aeration is important in helping waste break down and keep the compost pile smelling sweet rather than stinky. You can help aerate your compost pile by turning it regularly.

M – Moisture – Compost needs moisture to help materials break down. You don’t want it to be too wet though or it will become smelly. Ideally compost should be as wet as a damp sponge.

So there you go. If you become familiar with ADAM you will have beautiful compost in no time.

Happy gardening!

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