I've committed several sins in starting my new pile.
At my mom's house, I had an open pile, but now that I'm renting, I thought it would be better to have it contained and covered (my landlord lives just across the driveway). I picked up a cheap garbage can and started throwing stuff in there.
- no ventilation (at all; kept the lid on)
- did not add any brown material
- added meat, dairy, and cooked items
- haven't stirred it once
I can't remember how soon after moving in we started the bin, but it's well over six months. I drilled some holes in the bottom to start letting it drain, but do I need to throw out the whole bin and start fresh? Or can I dump it out (gag! it's pretty rank due to lack of ventilation), drill some ventilation holes up the sides of the can, and put it back in with layers of brown material?