Composting green waste, or yard waste such as grass clippings or shrub trimmings, is a way to keep organic matter out of landfills and improve your own garden spaces at the same time. Compost is a mixture of green and brown yard waste with some kitchen waste thrown into the mix. Allowed to decompose, usually over one to two years, compost is a useful addition to both vegetable and flower gardens.
Place a 3- to 4-inch layer of brown yard waste, such as leaves, in the bottom of your compost pile or bin. Water the pile until water drains from the bottom.
Add 2 to 3 inches of green waste to the pile. This can include grass clippings, shrub cuttings and vegetable peelings. Again, water the pile.
Add 2 inches of manure to the pile.
Continue to add all forms of waste to the compost bin, adding manure every 4 to 6 inches of green waste. Water the pile after every addition.
Stir and turn the bin with a shovel monthly to hasten the decomposition of the compost.