Here is the scoop on compost.
You make your pile....you really need 3 cu ft to have enough MASS to make it work right. Let it get wet and cover it over. let it "cook" for two months. In that two months the temps will raise to between 160 to 180 degrees. It is the thermafiles that has all the nitrogen tied up. At those temp it kills all the weed seeds. You are best to have two piles working at a time. One cooking and one you are putting your wast in. After two months you can use the starter pile. I never put any portiens in my piles. If you do your asking for skunks, raccoons, stray dogs.ect. A skunk will visit you every night if he finds food until there is none left
I get all my compost from a local horse boarding barn by the dumptruck load. I do all my gardening in raised beds and use NO dirt. It is a little work to get started but after I get them built and filled I don't weed,
till,turn,hoe or get my feet muddy. If you like new potatos it is very easy to grovel your potatos in the soft compost