Originally Posted by Claire
I tried when I first moved here, but there really wasn't a place sunny enough to work without having a compost heap withing vision and smell of our entertaining area. So we gave up.
from my decades of gardening and composting experience.... sun is not "required" - one can substitute "time" for "sun"
put it in a heap, wait.
now, if one is insistent on producing finished compost in 90 days, then one has to pay a lot of attention to brown/green mix, temp, moisture, aeration, yadda yadda yadda.
or one can just put it in a heap and wait.
all the "intense effort / trouble" only makes the "same stuff happen faster" - in the end, it all becomes compost.
I have always needed my sunny spot to grow things. so my compost has never been in a sunny area - quite the opposite - like _total_ shade. takes longer, is a whole lot easier on the back, no pitch fork required.
fats, especially animal fats, are high in calories - and are eagerly sought out by carnivores / omnivores - including all the aforementioned critters.
not that I have a specific dislike of skunks - only when I let the dog out at ten PM to have a tet-a-tet with a skunk do I experience seriously negative reactions. hence no fats - animal or vegetable - no meat - no dairy - essentially vegetable peelings/trimmings only in my compost heap....