The other thing to recall about Compost Piles is their temporal nature. It's their location that retains a certain permanence. They are not roaming, or in anyway nomadic, they don't wander around, They do not benefit from rotation, in the way that a Tomato does. And too, "The Compost Pile" as a neighborhood has a long tradition of service to a wider communities.
It's like a graveyard if your like, and here I don't mean one of those flat
things out in sunshine, grass cut to within an inch of its life and the odd bit
of colorful plastic strewn around. I mean something with character, a
certain ambience, a place to find solace, a neighborly atmosphere and good shade
on a hot day.