Common household remedies request
What's the lazy man's way to compost?
Since I banked my house with leaves in trash bags last year, I've got a ton of dead leaves now. So I dumped 'em out of the trash bags -- which I will recycle flat on the ground to kill off some rhizomic plants I don't want by depriving them of light -- into a huge pile, and dumped a box of compost starter on the leaves, and then turned them with a pitchfork. And something indeed does seem to be happening to the leaves -- it looks like they're starting to break up.
Now, I've always resisted composting, because it sounds like work, and also because, back in the day, composting was one of those topics holier-than-thou types would use to drive you into a conversational corner. But now I can't bear to waste the leaves, and besides, composting is going to save me money.
So and but I've got a vague feeling I ought to be doing more than having a big pile. Do I need to put the compost inside a fence or container of some kind? That sounds like work.
And what about kitchen scraps? I generate a lot of coffee grounds, and an increasing amount of vegetable and fruit scraps, due to dietary changes, but if I dump them on the compost pile, will the stink cause the neighbors to comment? (Yes, I know about no meat.)
And so forth. Frankly, what I'd like to do is just leave the pile where it is, let the microorganisms do the work, turn the pile with the pitchfork every week or so, and then shovel the whole pile onto the garden before winter hits -- since when Fall comes, I'll bank the house again with a new generation of leaves, which will go on the pile in the spring...
But is that a rational plan?