Shred your way to compost success!

    Listen

    October 6, 2012 — In the fall, every gardener’s fancy turns to… no, not love! Shredding leaves! Mike McGrath reveals the easiest ways to turn this years leaves into next years success. Plus: Mike talks with The Dirt Dr., Howard Garrett, about controlling West Nile Virus without toxic sprays. And answers to all your growing questions!

    [audio: garden20121006.mp3]

    Listen to the mp3


    Question of the Week

    Mike: Last summer I built a bin and filled it in the fall with shredded leaves. The bin had a cover (as designed). But in the Spring the volume of shredded leaves was only slightly reduced, and just the smallest bit of compost was in the very bottom. We really want the results to be better next year. We’ve already decided to remove the cover. What else should we do to get that rich-looking completely degraded compost you see in gardening books by next spring? Get the answer »

    Photo by Flickr user Aleksandar Cocek

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.