Select a dry, shady spot for your compost pile, preferably near a water source. Add brown and green materials as you collect them, and be sure to moisten the dry materials. Once you establish the pile, add grass clippings and green waste; fruit and vegetable waste should be buried under 10 inches of compost material. Read on from www2.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home.
You must first prepare your area in a nice shaded place away from any natural water sources to prevent from contaminating the water. Then you should start it off with a small mound of soil and animal waste like cow manure. Then once you have mixed that up you can start to add leaf matter and lawn clipping and any kind of food scraps that do not contain meat, dairy, and any non-processed foods. You should then mix it up and Moissan it. (I have had people add worms to the pile just to help break down the vegetative material). You should let this sit and turn and mix it about once a week to allow the material to properly heat up and decay. The only problem with a back yard compost heap is that the compost is not specific with what is in it and what is not in it. You could have too much of one thing and not enough of something else so I would suggest that you have the material tested. This will help insure that it is going to serve your needs. I hope this helps and that you will soon have a nice compost area.