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

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Adaptive Gardening

Raised flower beds in an enclosed garden
Mike Cook [Via Flickr]

With March only hours away, the anticipation of spring looms large. The season reminds us of youth and new life. However, with each passing spring we find ourselves a year older, and maybe not feeling quite as spry as past years. Getting down on our knees to dig in the dirt maybe doesn't come so easily anymore.

Tom Kasper addresses these physical limitations and has some ideas for how to adapt your physical habits and your gardening space so that your backyard hobby doesn't become a thing of the past.

"If you can't get to the garden, let's get the garden to you," says Kasper who is a proponent of elevated gardens. A waist-high garden will still be helpful in harvesting plenty of vegetables as well as growing flowers and herbs. A raised garden also offers the opportunity to select the correct place that'll offer the appropriate amount of sunshine.

If a raised garden isn't in the cards, there are other ways to make gardening easier. "There's a host of adaptive tools," says Kasper. Most tools are available with extensions. Kasper also notes that tools to make gardening easier shouldn't be limited to people who are feeling the need; anyone can benefit from a simpler path to gardening.

"There's something [to] the impact of us getting our hands in the soil," says Kasper. "[It's] a very important part of our well-being, especially for people who've gardened for years and years."

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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