I don't know about you, but my compost piles in the past have been not so successful. For the most part, we put our food waste into the city bins where it gets composted for us with the yard waste collection, so I don't feel so bad about not having a compost pile in the backyard.
But, I do throw a lot of my yard waste into a pile in the backyard, mostly because I'm too lazy to carry it all the way around to the front of the house where the bins are. We have rockery (not steps) leading from the back to the front, and the times where I've dragged the yard waste bin down there, I've ended up hurting my back in some manner whilst lugging it back up.
So, I tend to throw all my backyard yard waste into a pile. Most of the yard waste in the pile is stuff from my vegetable garden and weeds, so it's all "green" with very little "brown". Since I leave the grass clippings on the lawn, that doesn't help me much.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm going about it all wrong. The compost sort of tends to break down (except the large chunks like the rose bushes I keep ripping out), which is rather miraculous since I don't tend to it at all, don't turn it and don't make sure I have the correct balance of green/brown to make sure I have a healthy pile. Either way, it's not nice enough to use on my food plants and I'd need a giant screen to sift out the chunks.
I've been buying compost for my garden, but I want to try doing my own compost again and am thinking of getting one of them fancy compost tumblers to assist in any new composting ventures. If I do, I'll be using some of my food waste in the composter, along with select yard waste (read: no weeds) and maybe some bunny poop if my dream of an angora rabbitry comes to fruition.
But, until then, I will still have the issue of having very little "brown" in the pile (we don't have many trees around us and most of them are evergreen). Does anyone else have this problem and, if so, how do you get around it? Does anyone have a tumbler and, if so, do you have any suggestions or tips?