Some of my gardening friends are reluctant to compost because they think composting takes a lot of time. The simplest composting “system” is a pile of leaves. In the coming months, you’ll have all the leaves you could wish for.

To that pile of leaves, placed in some out-of-the-way part of your yard, add vegetable scraps from the kitchen. Turning the pile to evenly expose rotting leaves to air and moisture speeds composting, but that pile will rot just fine if you do nothing.

The advantage of the three-bin composter in the photograph is that by moving compost from bin to bin as the compost cooks, you end up with a bin that contains just composted matter and no green or uncomposted material.

Our warm, wet climate is hard on wood. A simple, long-lasting version of the three-bin model is one made of cinderblocks. Leave the front of each bin open (no cinderblocks) for ease of turning the piles with a shovel or garden fork.

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ABOUT THE LSU AGCENTER’S “LUNCH AND LEARN” SERIES: The series is booked for the rest of the fall and no more reservations can be accommodated. LaHouse horticulturist Kyle Huffstickler and LSU computer people are working on an online version of the popular series. Stay tuned.