Welcome to rec.gardens, newbie! We've all been there, so relax! ;)
There's plenty of great books, resources, and sites to better answer this
question, but I'll give you a few basics.
One: direct sunlight isn't really that importiant. The bacteria that you want
to be active creates their own heat, they don't need sunlight to work. Compost
needs to stay as wet as a wrung out sponge to be active. Not too wet, or it
will use the kind of bacteria that makes it stink (anaerobic bacteria), and not
too dry or it will slow down.
Secondly, after a bin is full, it's full. Don't keep adding, as the process
will need time to digest all the material. Usually the rule is to turn the
pile once every two weeks for the fastest decomposiion. Turning also mixes in
fresh oxygen and exposes the materials to more of the bacteria. This is all
essential for fast decomposition.
Those rolling bins don't work very well, in my opinion. I prefer just some sort
of box or such that is open to the soil underneath so that earthworms can enter
the mix and help keep things going. Earthworms provide castings, which is even
more beneficial than compost alone.
Lastly, don't worry over it too much. If you're not enjoying it, don't stress
out too much. Some gardeners just bury their trimings and organic material
instead of composting. This works well too! Others shred their material with
a lawn mower. This is an excellent way to speed up the process. Others cover
their soil with a heavy layer of the material. This is excellent as well as it
eliminates the need for a compost bin.
Keep experimenting and you'll find a way that works for you. There is no set
way to do it.
> Sorry if this question has been asked a thousand times, but I cannot find
> the info on a Deja/Google search. I am thinking of composting, first time,
> and was wondering how long it takes for the stuff to break down into useable
> I have seen adverti***ts for "rolling bins" that claim as little as two
> weeks is needed, which seems way to short (are they adding some type of
> enzyme to speed up breakdown?), and have heard that it takes as long as 6
> months naturally, which seems a bit long. Which is it?
> Must it sit in full sun? or does it self-heat allowing me to hide it in the
> back where it's very shady, will shade slow it down?
> Are these "rolling bins" good? seems easier than sticking a fork in it to
> turn it.
> If one is continually adding new material, how do you get an evenly
> brokendown pile?
> How do you know when to stop adding new material?
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