Hum with me here, “Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be …” Even though I am not a Beatles fan, I do like the mantra for compost. There are a lot of things in life to worry about; starting or maintaining a compost pile should not be one of them. Entire books are devoted to the subject with topics like how to balance the carbon and nitrogen in your pile, managing your moisture, etc. It’s all fascinating reading, but it stresses me out to no end.
Simple composting boils down to combining “greens” (veggie & fruit scraps, coffee grinds & tea leaves, grass clippings, etc.) with “browns” (fall leaves, a bit of old mulch, straw, hay, even cardboard). Mix it all together, give it some moisture (rain works for my open pile), and “let it be”. Before you know it, tangled mess will be rich, crumbly compost.