Tips for Hardy Gardners: Starting a Compost Pile
"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:
- Make sure your compost pile gets plenty of sunshine. Heat will be helpful in breaking down the contents of the pile.
- Select a high location. Lower areas might not have the optimal level of air flow.
- 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."