I'm serious about compost. At the rear corner is the start of this fall's compost pile. In the middle are almost a hundred bags of leaves. By late spring, they will have partially broken down, making wonderful mulch. Front pile is last year's compost production. I do not turn the piles -- what's the rush? The garden clipping pile is finished in a year and the leaves only pile is ready after six months (leaves must be moist).