You are on page 1of 10

COMPOSTS

IMPACT
HOW COMPOST HELPS THE E ARTH AND YOU!
MOORE 5.14 EARTH SCIENCE

ABSTRACT
My project is what type of plant grows faster depending on if I use
regular fertilizer or compost. I want to see if adding extra nutrients will
help a plant grow faster. The way I will test that is by planting two
groups of the same plant and adding compost to one control group. I
think the compost group will grow faster because of the way it gives
extra help to plants when it comes to food. When I set up the project I
could already see the group A with compost starting grow faster than
group B. Group B didnt even have one plant growing and group A had
two. Each plant group received the same amount of water and sunlight.
On the last day the group A turned out to be the one that grew faster.

SCIENTIFIC QUESTION

Does compost help your plants


grow faster than regular garden
soil?

HYPOTHESIS
If I add compost to one plant then it
will grow faster than a plant with
regular fertilizer because of the
nutrients it gives to the plants.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Compost is decomposed organic matter that helps the
environment. Compost helps the environment by recycling
things that would usually go to waste. This also helps plants by
giving the soils food which helps your plant fight diseases.
Compost had been used 3,000 BC in Egypt. Egyptians would
practice using compost. Even George Washington and Thomas
Jefferson who owned farmlands at the time experimented with
composting. Using compost became a popular use of fertilizer
in the 1900s. It seemed like about a 90% of people used
compost in the States. Many people of different cultures used
compost to fertilize.

PROCEDURES / MATERIALS
PROCEDURES:
1.) Got plant seeds and planting set.
2.) Add dirt to each of the individual pots.
3.) Separate 40 plants into two groups of 20 and add them to the dirt.
4.) Add grass clippings and tiny leave pieces into the group A pot.
MATERIALS:
1.)Pot
2.) Wild flower seeds
3.) Fertilizer
4.) Recycled organic matter
5.) Water

INDEPENDENT/DEPENDENT/ CONTROL
VARIABLES
Independent Variable: The compost I put into the group A.
Dependent Variable: The growth of the plant groups.
Control Variables: Type of plant, fertilizer, pot, amount of water,
and amount of plant.

FIRST DAY VS. TWENTIETH DAY

A
B

A
B

CONCLUSION
My hypothesis was supported by my evidence
because control group A with the compost
matter grew faster than the other group. I think
it grew faster because it had extra help getting
food.

REFERENCES
Work Cited List: [Alphabetical Order]
http://bonnieplants.com/library/what-is-compost/
http://www.cropnutrition.com/efu-nitrogen#nitrogen-in-plants
http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost.html
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/composting-helps-environment-2
3577.html
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Compost.html
http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-nitrogen.htm