Wheelock Elementary's Compost-rich Soil
for the Tulip Garden Experiment

Building compost using cafeteria food scraps mixed with leaves.
Keene, NH

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This is a person from Wheelock School adding compost to the compost bin. We are saving the compost to put on the tulips. Cameron, a Wheelock student puts the compost from that day’s lunch into the compost pile. Then we sift the compost and put it on the garden. Students carve pumpkins each year for the Keene Pumpkin Festival. The insides of hundreds of pumpkins are added to compost bins to create “hot “compost which breaks down at temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Cameron is forking the compost from that day’s lunch into the bin. This is Alexis raking the leaves on the playground. These will be added to the compost bins. After Hunter, Cory, and Cameron sift the compost it will be added to the tulip bed and other garden areas.
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Some of our class prepares the tulip garden so we can plant the tulips later. Kiana is planting the bulbs in the Journey North tulip garden. This is a picture of somebody in our class planting the bulbs in the tulip garden.
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Our class puts compost on the tulips. To put it on, you sift it, then you pour the rest on the tulips. Our class after we planted the tulips in our tulip garden. This is our whole class holding up their tools after planting the tulips in the tulip garden.
This is Owen, Ian, Kiana, Austin, and Amanda watering and picking the plants in the garden. This is Tannah standing next to Jack’s horse made out of bean plants. The red tomato is his eye. The story that is told around school is that “Jack of the Beanstalk” dropped a few seeds and his horse grew out of the bean plants. This is part of our class bringing in the veggies to be prepared for lunch that day. Reilly holds the green beans and is an author of this slide show.