Author Barbara Pleasant makes a new compost pile.
Composting is a great use for fall leaves.
Compost helps plants grow better by improving the soil’s structure and water-holding capacity, and by increasing the supply of nutrients the soil provides for your plants.
Compost can be mixed into your garden soil, or used as a side dressing for plants, as shown here.
Compost bins come in many designs, from simple and inexpensive plastic mesh to decorative and durable containers.
A gardening shortcut: Potatoes will grow directly in a compost pile (and pansies like it, too).