"Compost" is derived from the word, "Decompose". When plants decompose, they are transformed to a nutrient-rich, soil-like composition which is unsurpassed for growing most plants. The pH of Compost is usually very near neutral (neither "sweet" nor "sour"), which is an added benefit. This is the process which takes place in nature to replentish the soil's nutrients.

Compost sifted through the sides of a wastepaper can.
This is a pile of Garden waste that has been transformed into a superior planting medium. This transformation has been aided by worms, bacteria, organisms, air, and human supervision.

Carbon materials Fresh food waste
Nitrogen materials
Do NOT Compost
Barbecue Charcoal
Black Walnut parts questionable
Diseased garden plants
Glossy paper with colored ink
Human or pet waste or litter
Invasive weeds
Meat, fat, bones, grease
Pesticide-treated plant material
Sawdust from Pressure-treated lumber
Use equal parts by volume, of Carbon and Nitrogen materials.
They can be mixed or layered.

Compost "Starter"

Wet the pile

wood ash