Step 3: Compost also needs the correct amount of moisture to breakdown. Compost with the right moisture level should feel like a damp, wrung-out sponge. Too
little moisture slows down the decomposition rate and keeps the pile from heating up. Check your compost pile’s moisture level once a week and adjust it if necessary by adding water to increase moisture.
Step 4: Turn the pile once a week to move material from the outside of the pile in. Turning also keeps the pile from compacting, which reduces airflow and slows down decomposition.
Step 5: You should have finished compost in about two months. You’ll know your compost is finished when it no longer heats up and you can’t identify any of the original materials. The compost should be dark brown, moist and earthy smelling. Dig finished compost into your garden or as a layer on the
surface as mulch