There are different ways to make compost. We did our compost pile where we started with a layer of straw, a layer of manure, then a layer of greens, and then a layer of ash/lime. We repeated the layers and sometimes put more straw in between. Our neighbor actually already had started three smaller compost piles before that mostly contain greens, so we used those piles for the green layers. It was fun to watch the pile get higher and higher! We are still going to keep on adding to the compost pile.