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Find a sunny corner of your garden, on soil, where you can site either a plastic compost bin or build a compost bin using wooden pallets or similar. Setting your bin up on soil will allow worms and other micro-organisms from the earth to speed up the composting process; add some fine chicken wire at the base to keep rodents out. Start adding organic waste, aiming for an equal mix of green and woody waste as you go (see our tips below). Build up your heap in layers, or mix the ingredients as you go.
When the mixture turns brown and crumbly and very slightly sweet smelling, the process is complete. This should take around six months.