You must alternate layers of "browns" (fallen leaves, shredded newspaper, peat, pine needles) with layers of "greens" (vegetable scraps, garden trimmings, grass clippings). Brown layers should be twice as deep as green layers. At the end, you should have about two feet of "stuff." It will shrink quickly.
This garden will have better water retention, less weeds, less need for fertilizer and great soil. And it's easy. What more could you want?
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.