Author Barbara Pleasant makes a new compost pile.
Home composting is a great way to use fall leaves.
Photo by Barbara Pleasant
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).