I know we had a compost discussion before, but I do not find it; so here is a new one, just came in this morning. It has the basic information, and for newcomers, there are some good ideas included.
"Adding compost to garden soil increases its water-holding capacity, invigorates the soil food web and provides a buffet of plant nutrients. Compost also contains substances that enhance plants’ ability to respond to challenges from insects and diseases."

Compost Made Easy
http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2006-10-01/Compost...

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Thanks I could use that!

Joan, thanks for posting.

Compost is central to my gardening.  I usually cold-compost.  Slower and messier, but not much work.  We have some compost tumblers that do a good job.  I always add earthworms to them too.

Setting up new garden beds, my compost wasn't enough.  I bought truckloads of compost to add to the soli in the raised beds.  Now that those are set up, I hope the home compost will suffice for refreshing them.

Compost is a very important part of my gardening. As I have stated before, I don't grow trees, shrubs, vegetables or flowers, I grow soil. To do that I feed it regularly and with the foods they like. I can't pretend the blueberries will thrive in a patch of candytuft, clematis, or coral bells ... I have a part of my garden dedicated to acid loving plants: azaleas, Japanese iris, magnolias, dogwood, blue hydrangeas, mountain ash, pyracantha, rhododendron, spruce and witch hazel ...

Part of my garden is alkaline loving plants: maple, Douglas fir, Austrian pine, bur oak, hackberry, green ash and honeylocust. Bush and shrub options include lilac, forsythia, barberry, some hydrangeas (but not blue ones), juniper, butterfly bush and blackcurrant.

Some of these plants I listed are in my garden. 

I don't chop up my leaves, I just pull or cut them and toss them in the wheel barrow and take them to the compost pile. I make sure there are layers of green leave, dried up leaves, well composted manure and soil on top. I keep the pile watered and watch the heat of the stacks and pile. 

Compost bins for kitchen trimmings. No fats, citrus, or meat scraps.

Compost pile, for the huge amount of clippings I get from the garden. 

Chop Chop Compost

Acid loving plants

Alkaline Tolerant Plants

i get a oerferse joy from fall leaves, weeds, and trimmings. I look at them as a harvest, for making compost. It pains me to see people burning grass clippings and leaves, and sending them away. Ditto for kitchen scraps.

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