Green Side Up Host talks about the merits of composting in home landscape. As with real estate, location is important. Composting areas should be in semi shade if possible. Nearly all homeowners will be "cold composting", meaning the materials will take longer to decompose. There is no official recipe of how to compost, but mixture of green and brown materials along with some garden soil sprinkled in along the way will get the pile or bin started. The more the material chopped up or the finer the material, the sooner it becomes useable compost.
Green Side Up is a gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.