Compost is an excellent soil amendment for flower and vegetable gardens, adding organic matter and improving soil texture and moisture retention. And with a bounty of fallen leaves available in autumn, it’s the perfect time to start a backyard compost pile.
You can buy a compost bin or build your own from untreated wood, old pallets, or chicken wire. Fill it with shredded leaves, garden debris, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, coffee grinds, and other organic materials.
To speed up decomposition, turn the pile every two weeks to introduce oxygen. Also keep an eye on the moisture level; it should be damp, but not wet or dry. Expect finished compost in around twelve months.