Select a dry, shady spot near a water source for your compost pile or bin.Add brown and green materials as they are collected, making sure larger pieces are chopped or shredded.Moisten dry materials as they are added.Once your compost pile is established, mix grass clippings and green waste into the pile and bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material.Optional: Cover top of compost with a tarp to keep it moist. When the material at the bottom is dark and rich in color, your compost is ready to use. This usually takes anywhere between two months to two years