Gardening: Start a backyard compost pile Thu, 06/25/2020 - 1:03pm meganj TO MAKE COMPOST, layer one to two inches of soil or composted manure alternately with two to three inches of greens and five to eight inches of browns until your bin or pile is full. Photo/Mike Ather The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers. Are you an online subscriber? Login using the form below. Click here to learn more about our subscription options. If you have a print subscription, you can now add an online subscription at no additional charge! Just email us with your name and mailing address to set it up.