The benefit of a homemade compost is that is not sterile as in bought compost. It still has the bugs and bacteria in the soil as it decomposes. Place the compost bin in a warm place where it will get sun, at least for some of the year when the weather is warm.
Collect all the weeds and grass clippings from the maintenance on the section and layer them between dry matter like dry leaves, cut up corrugated cardboard or balls of newspaper from mail outs delivered to the letterbox. This is an excellent way to recycle. Avoid putting any food scraps in the compost bin if you want to avoid having rodents. Instead, use a worm farm for your scraps.
Prepare the area for the compost. You can use 5 pallets screwed together or buy compost harvesters. The latter often don’t have enough air holes in them to make compost efficiently. Place a layer of sticks done on the base or use a pallet as the base. This will allow airflow up from the base. Alternate layers of brown and green and spray with some water. Cover with a carpet mat and/or tarpaulin.
The cold compost method is generally used by the home gardener who add little amounts over a long period of time. This cold composting method takes time. Hot composting is when the pile is made up in one go, creating a heap of at least 1 metre by 1 metre. The compost heats up and benefits from adding oxygen/air by turning the compost with a garden fork every few days then every few weeks.
Ensure that compost is well broken down before adding to new plants of seeds. It may be best to have 2-3 compost bins in a garden so one bin is used for several months and then left to allow the pile to decompose down into soil.