Compost is a mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used as a soil amendment to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. Compost is located in a "compost pile" or "compost heap," which may or may not be contained in a structure called a "compost bin." The composting process is largely the result of the activity of aerobic organisms. Compost is the cornerstone of organic gardening.
If you're interested in compost, then you may also wish to consult the following article:
In particular, pay attention to the section about making compost. The full article on the subject discusses:
- Compostable materials
- Layering the pile
- How to maintain a pile so that it will heat up