The mundane and the healthy. I have been making Compost for over 45 years. When I was twenty years old i worked on Scott and Helen Nearings farm in Maine. Day after day i would build these 4ft by 4 ft X 4ft piles with logs, sheep manure and seaweed. A pile would be ready in about 6 months. A sod pile in about 2 years.My gardens have always been very healthy.