Rosalee de la Foret shows how to achieve this by adding five ingredients. First you'll need airflow. To achieve this choose large sticks of branches that normally fall from trees. Cross them while placing them on the ground. The second ingredient is water. You'll need to keep it watered, but not to the point of muddy but not dried out. The third ingredient is heat. If layered appropriately with the components, you'll have a warm pile. You'll also need nitrogen. Anything green in the pile equals nitrogen. The final ingredient is carbon. Anything brown equals carbon. That includes straw or hay. The green items also turn brown, so the best thing to use for nitrogen is manure. Those are the five ingredients for compost.