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Most homeowners are always in a hurry when they are composting, below are the process of the secrets of composting.

Pick an inconspicuous spot for your compost pile. It can be as simple as just a pile on the ground, or as complicated as a double 4x4x4 foot enclosure complete with hinged openings. Chicken wire nailed in a circle around some tress will do nicely.

Throw some cut branches down for the bottom layer so a bit of air can move under there.

From then on, it's whatever you have available: grass clippings, raked-up leaves, any vegetable matter at all, including kitchen wastes (no meat or dairy products-they'll attract pests).

Occasionally soak the pile well, or let rainwater collect on and in it. A layer of dirt now and then helps, too.

Some people believe in enclosing the compost pile with black plastic to concentrate heat-That's OK, but not required. As the material in the pile breaks down, heat is generated, and that speeds up the process.

Turn it now and then, perhaps three times during the summer, to redistribute the materials. Some people turn theirs weekly, others only do it annually.

In about three warm-weather months, longer in the winter, your leaves and grass will turn into rich, crumbling humus, perfect to mulch around shrubs, in flower beds or around young vegetable plants. Worked into the ground, it will condition it and send old nutrients into your plants.

Compostable materials account for 18 percent of wastes sent to this country's desperately stressed landfills, where they are buried and never become soil again nature intended.

A simple way to compost is to use a composting mower, which shreds clippings fine enough to drop back on the lawn where they can decompose without becoming thatch.