As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been working with Natie a lot on composting, gardening, recycling – you name it. Anything to keep the good information coming in & giving him the best all around education I can. I still remember watching Food Revolution with Jamie Oliver…while he was visiting schools he’d quiz them on where foods came from. Do you know kids did not know where butter came from? They said corn… there was more, but I for some reason that stuck out in my mind. Geez…from the time Natie was sitting up in the shopping cart we’d go around the store shopping & talking about the food. What each piece of fruit & vegetable was, milk – what animal did it come from (or nut!)… wow…these parents are failing their kids on the BASICS…
Umm…funny story…when Natie was 2 he was HUGE into dinosaurs. So in the grocery store we’re picking up some eggs & he says… “Mommy – compsognathus!”…and yes, he pronounced it perfectly… I chuckled because his favorite show at that time Dino Dan had an episode about a compsognathus egg. I had to explain – no…these are from chickens.
So here we are looking to do a garden & get our own compost bin going. We stopped by a lumber store on the way to school & work & picked up several pallets. Right here we took the time to explain to him where wood comes from and how many people will use these pallets to build things – but most of the time they go in the trash. He was excited to build the compost bin…even though he didn’t really understand what it was. Then, thanks to Curious George…and an episode on composting – he became more & more excited.
One Sunday – and only $9 in L brackets – Daddy, Mommy & Natie built this beauty!
It’s basically just 7 pallets attached at the top & bottom with L brackets. Then, the front is pallets that have been broken down (this was a nightmare – I ain’t gonna lie!). We put larger pieces of wood on the edges, then slide the wood in the front so they are removable slats. This not only keeps it contained, but makes it easier to turn turn turn… We were undecided about adding a top to it to keep the animals out & help “cook it” faster, but it’s doing just fine the way it is & pesky vermin are staying out.
We keep a stainless steel crock on our kitchen counter to put kitchen/food scraps in…similar to this one…
It does a fabulous job keeping smells from seeping out due to two layers of charcoal filters.
I’ve got to admit…. Rich does the turning of the compost. Even with my “guns”…(LOL), I can barely give it a good turn.
What makes me a proud mama…is I asked Natie what he’d like to bring in for Show & Tell day at school…and his first response – COMPOST! How many 3 year olds want to bring in compost instead of their favorite toy for show & tell? Not many! So we went out to our bin & put partially broken down food scraps, some leaves & grass clippings in a bag to show what goes into the compost bin. Then, in the other baggie we included the final product. I wrote on the bags for his teachers just in case he got nervous (which he did…) I called Rich at work to print some pictures & this is what we came up with…
I’ve got to admit… I felt like I was working on my kid’s science fair project for junior high or something. HA!