START YOUR COMPOST PILE ON BARE EARTH
Lay twigs or straw first, this aids drainage and helps aerate the pile.
Add compost materials in layers , alternating moist and dry.
Food scraps Tea bags Seaweed Etc.
Straw Leaves Sawdust pellets Wood ashes
Add green manure ( clover, buckwheat, wheatgrass, grass clippings) or any nitrogen source. This activates the compost pile and speeds the process along.
Keep compost moist
Cover with anything you have - wood, plastic sheeting, carpet scraps. Covering helps retain moisture and heat, two essentials for compost.
This aerates the pile and speeds the process to completion. Oxygen is required for the process to work, and turning "adds" oxygen.
Every few weeks give the pile a quick turn with a shovel.
HOW DO YOU USE IT
If you are using the compost as a moisture holding mulch. Just make sure there is a good 2-3 inches on whatever the surface, and you will be good to go. Just like regular mulches from organic materials, it will break down over time. Just keep adding to it once or twice a year.
If you use compost as a soil amendment, just dig anywhere from 2 to 4 inches down and then throw the compost in there, and mix it in with the rest of the soil at planting time. Your flowers, plants, or whatever you have planted there will thrive.