I know we've discussed composting here before but since I don't see a thread devoted to it, I thought I'd start this one. Currently, I have two large compost areas but one of them has itself composted. The first one that I made had walls that consisted only of pickets hammered into the ground and held together with compostable rope, since I wasn't sure, at the time, that composting was something that I was going to do on a regular basis. Well, that one is about four years old now and the pickets, as well as the rope, have pretty well composted themselves. My second compost area was made from scrap lumber and a couple of old doors. It will probably hold up for a few more years yet but it looks kind of sloppy. One problem that I've seen with large ground-level compost piles is that by the time a compost pile gets ready to be used, in about three years, it is full of roots from surrounding trees, so I am able to extract some of the compost for use elsewhere but, largely, it builds up the ground level in the area of the compost pile. Today, I set some metal posts for another compost pile, to replace the first (which was in a bad place anyhow). Using a posthole digger, I dug holes for six posts, sinking them (roughly) down to the anticipated frost level, set the posts, and filled it all in with concrete. Since we are having some pretty nice weather, for November, I think I'm going to lay a thin slab tomorrow or the next day, weather permitting. That should prevent the roots from taking over my compost, and allow me to scrape the bottom when the compost is ready, and still allow worms to access it through the sides, which will be made of chain-link fence. With large compost piles, I set whole cardboard boxes full of compostable trash, including shredded and unshredded paper, household trash, etc. and fill in around them with leaves and other stuff. As the boxes compost at a different rate than the stuff around them, it leaves air pockets in the compost, which keeps me from having to turn it over.