Add water from time to time if you don't get enough rain. You want the compost to have the consistency of a wrung-out, damp sponge.
Stir it weekly.
Allow air to circulate. That's why I like the pallets. It keeps the compost pile up off the ground. Oh, and they're FREE.
These are all loose rules. I don't watch the calendar. I just stir it when I think of it, and add whatever we have on hand. If you don't have farm animals, contact a friend who does. Manure is usually FREE. I mean, it's manure.
Depending on where you live, there are other things you can add, such as sea weed, nut shells, fireplace ashes, etc.
If you're super excited to start a compost pile and you don't have the materials handy, you can even do this right on the ground. Just start a pile of leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps.
When the compost is finished, it will resemble a crumbly soil-looking substance.
Some people call it black-gold. I call it fun.
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