We've composted for 20+ years, but last year the girls heard about "lasagna gardening," and they've been itching to try it. You can read here to find out how to develop a lasagna garden:
Although we re-use most of our feed bags for more feed, we have been saving the feed bags that are made of only paper to be used in this project because we don't like the idea of adding to the landfills something that can be beneficial. Recently, we started a "lasagna garden" in our yard under some trees where I've wanted to have a shade garden. The first activity in a lasagna garden is to put down layers of paper. The directions say, "three layers of newspaper," but since feed bags are thicker, we used one layer of feed bags as our first layer.
As any homeschool mom will tell you, everything in life is a lesson for the entire family. This spring when the electric company sent the tree trimmers around the community, my wonderful husband saw an opportunity. He stopped and asked the company to send four truck loads of chips to our address when the trimmers were working around us. (This saved them time and energy as they didn't have to go unload the truck at the landfill, so they were happy to do this.) We used these chips in our project as the third layer.
Learning to work, to recycle, to beautify, to wait..... It's all good.