So, I am a newbie to gardening. I read a lot about, composting. Basically it appears to suggest.Stacking up waste vegetation, garden scraps and also kitchen waste. So spot in the garden is selected to be the base. Here we go. The top vegetaion of our veg patch is chopped off and added to the compost heap. Kitchen waste is likewise added. In recent years various types of industrial waste has also been added. Now to the heap. The pile or mound of, phew! whata pong. Garden commentators have given many terms to the the decomposing mass. OK. Picking from the writings of the mass. Suggestions that the pile/heap should be built up in layers. Spaces provided by branches etc so as to allow airflow. Then all mannerof tips and so so often futile suggestions. Please join me. Back in the late sixties. I worked for the LCC/Greater London Parks. My base was. The ancient woodlands. Castlewood, Jackwood etc in the south east of london. Now I must introduce some kind of division and also a relative curjoining of the two. Composing. To the masses. This simply denotes a saving of garden and vegetive waste. This is stacked/heaped and left to rot. The rotting prces produces a liquid waste. The final resultant mass, is called compost. Firstly. The rotting process produces liquids. Sadly these liquids are lost due to sepedge into the soil. Were they to be saved, you would have so much liquid mnanure/fertilzer. The residue remains of compost. Compost is nothing but a bulking agent. The drained off residue of some plants, can be used as insectacides etc. Look around. Common privet. How many pests invade it? great pesticide. Seriously. Think about what nature offers you.