After raking leaves, dump them into the compost pile and keep the pile moderately moist and
turned every week. Add any lawn clippings you may have and vegetable trimmings and coffee
grounds. Before the ground freezes, spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of the leaf humus and any other
composted organic matter on vegetable and flowerbeds and work into the soil. The leaf humus and
compost will further decompose over the winter making your soil richer, better drained, and
renewed for spring planting.