Posted: 19/10/2017 at 12:58
Elaine You do not say what you are composting in, it can vary from an old dust bin to a row of home made bins such as mine, the reason for that is I can turn one bin into the next as it composts thus aerating and mixing as it goes.
Air Heat and some dampness is essential not soggy wet but a sprinkle of water as I add material is good. Paper gets put through the shredder, cardboard torn up and never put more than an inch or so of any one material on the heap at any one time. Grass cuttings can be thinly spread on the mix with some woody cuttings mixed in to speed up the process and stop the cuttings forming a mat.
Every few weeks tip out the material mix it well on a plastic sheet or in a wheel barrow then toss it back sprinkling each layer with water as you go, damp not soggy.
If using an old bin drill a few air holes in the side and bottom, it has to breathe, a wormary is a different thing I have no experience of them but always had plenty of my own compost by the above method.
Hope this helps good luck Frank.