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Being a frugal type gardener, I am interested in my own composting. But I don't want to get hard-core about it, so simplicity, easy, and what I know I will do instead of what I wish I could do is my motto. 

Composting Requisites
In order to thrive, your compost must have a continual supply of three essential elements...air, water and food. Each of them serves a designated purpose in the recycling process.
Materials for Composting
Breads, Cereals, Grains and Pastas
Coffee and Tea Grounds
Cotton Fabric Scraps
Fruit Cores, Peelings and Scraps
Grass and Flower Clippings
Recyclable Paper Products
Vegetable Peelings and Scraps
Wool Fabric Scraps

Materials to Avoid When Composting
Dairy Foods (butter and cheese)
Diseased Plants
Evergreen Clippings and Needles
Meat, Fish and Poultry
Oily Foods (peanut butter and mayo)
Pet Wastes
Treated Wood or Lumber
Waxy Coated Plants (ivy, etc.)
Once your compost has reached the stage where it is all brown and powdery, it will have an earth-like odor. It’s at this point that it is ready. You needn’t be concerned if there’s a bit of remaining straw that hasn’t yet decayed.

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Grandmothers of old gardening tip;
  She had a special place in the garden that she buried all her garbage including coffee grounds.  About once a week or so she spaded everything up and turned it over.   I think she added bone meal to it and then baked it in big pans in the oven to sterilize it before she used it on her plants.
  In the spring she used to set out her new plants.
She had the most beautiful plants inside and outside.

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My Method
    Not expertise, just my lazy way of going about it.  We have an old garbage container, the kind you put out on road for the garbage collectors to pick up weekly.   It lost it's wheels and I confiscated it to use for my compost bin. 
   I save kitchen scraps in plastic bags and take out to the compost bin periodically.  I place the lid askew so that it is not airtight and air gets in and it is located on full sun side of our house in the back, out of view.   When my husband cuts the grass, he saves up the clippings in another corner of the yard that gets some sun, but not full.  Eventually though, the clippings dry out enough.  When the clippings are dry enough, I add some to the compost bin to interact with the kitchen scraps that are decomposting. 
  I'm not sure if it is good or bad, but the insects do the rest and by summer's end last year, I had some really nifty compost to spread on my garden bed this year.  We'll see what happens.  As I said, I don't take a scientific or even well informed approach to composting, just try some things suggested and see what I get.  
   I save up our coffee grinds after making a pot of coffee, and our tea bags.  Use this also when it is dried out for flower beds, roses, and I hear you can use in the vegetable garden too, but I haven't tried it.  Not sure I will either.  We live in remote area, so no Starbucks for 40 some miles, but some Starbucks outlets do provide free bagged coffee grinds so I try to look for Starbucks when we do go into the city.
  That's about it, nothing too fancy here, just me following the hints and advice of others.

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--Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade--
--My husband said if I buy any more perennials he would leave me...gosh, I'm going to miss that man!--