I finally made my first compost pile. I read a couple books, and did a bit of research...Then yesterday, I gathered my materials and created the perfect habitat for those decomposing micro-organisms. For my BROWN materials, I started out with 2 bags of old dried out grass clippings, old wood chip bedding from the chicken coop, and a small sack of leaves. For my GREEN materials, I used weeds (picked fresh from the garden), fresh grass clippings, and some kitchen scraps (orange peels & Papaya peels). I rounded up some old chicken wire and tied the ends together with some garbage bag ties, making a circle about 3ft wide. Then I began to layer the green and brown materials. I started with a thick layer of browns, wetting it, then with a thinner layer of greens, wetting it...and so on until I ran out of materials. At the end, I mixed everything and wet the top and sides thoroughly. According to my research, I should turn the pile thoroughly weekly until the compost is decomposed to my liking. This morning, I put my hand in the pile. It was surprisingly hot. A lot warmer than I expected. I suppose this means that the microbes have activated?