Posted: 05/01/2013 at 15:40
Hi Sam, There's a bit of a myth that composting is difficult, but it really isn't. The simple trick is to turn it often, so it gets regularly mixed. Doing that will ensure it breaks-down evenly and quickly. It is hard work, but skimp doing it and it will take two or three times longer and will still have some uncomposted material in it. It needs to be damp but not wet, so cover it to prevent rainfall making it all into a soggy mess.
In scientific terms, if it gets too wet and isn't turned, the 'good' air-loving (aerobic) bacteria which do the composting will die-off and be replaced with anaerobic (air-hating) types which operate much more slowly and are what make some compost heaps smell nasty.