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Gardeners appreciate the value of compost. Called “gardener’s gold,” it adds valuable nutrients to the soil. Many gardeners make their own compost, but others often fail because they put their food scraps and lawn clippings in a pile, which fails to decompose. The bacteria responsible for decomposition of organic matter require very particular conditions. Students will investigate the effect of heat, light and moisture on decomposition and determine which composting methods favor these bacteria.
Which composting methods break down organic matter the best?
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