The Power of Leaves: From time to time, I’ll be adding short compost tips to this section. Today’s tip concerns the power of decomposing leaves. If you have room to store them throughout the year, they will repay you abundantly when you use them as your brown layer in your bin or pile, and their usefulness only increases as they age. You can also use them before they get into the pile in your kitchen food-scrap bucket. Place a few inches of brown leaves in your bucket and bury your food scraps in them. This gives your compostables a head start before you move them to your outdoor bin and makes for an almost odorless bucket. If you don’t have leaves, try using finished compost the same way.