Soil Science & Storytelling with Pumpkins

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When organic matter, like pumpkins, is buried in soil, microorganisms in the soil break down the matter into simple nutrients that become available for plant growth. This is the basic process of composting. The microorganism activity creates heat energy and releases moisture from the pumpkin into the soil.

By burying pumpkins in the fall and revisiting the sites in the spring, young learners should be able to see how organic matter in soil helps the soil hold more moisture, increases the number of living organisms in the soil, and makes it generally healthier.

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13 pages
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1 hour
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