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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardners: Starting a Compost Pile

Compost pile with orange peels and other food scraps on top of brown earth and yard waste
Trevor Wade [Via Flickr]

"One of the most important components of a successful garden is healthy soil," says Tom Kasper. "One of the ways that we can build healthy soil is by adding compost."

A compost pile can be created by using elements from the yard and from the kitchen. Leaves and grass clippings along with vegetable trimmings and fruit peels will get a compost pile started. When selecting a location, consider three elements:

  1. Make sure your compost pile gets plenty of sunshine. Heat will be helpful in breaking down the contents of the pile.
  2. Select a high location. Lower areas might not have the optimal level of air flow.
  3. Ensure accessibility. Adding to the pile will be less of a chore if access is easy.

"In no time you have that compost going," says Kasper, "and creating that opportunity to have a successful garden."

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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