With almost no effort, my first batch of compost is ready!
Using my lazy method it took about a year. I simply dump yard debris and kitchen scraps as they accumulate. Last fall, I saved two large brown paper bags of leaves so I layer them over mushy kitchen scraps to keep a decent carbon/nitrogen ratio.
This pile was turned just once when I moved my first bin farther back in the yard, but otherwise it has broken down on it's own. I added a second bin so I could leave one alone to rot. The lazy process would be somewhat faster if I could keep the pile moist. I occasionally leave a sprinkler on the bins, but they are generally out of sight, out of mind.
In all my flower beds around the yard, I dumped about six buckets of mostly finshed compost. At one point, I noticed an anole lizard on the wall of the house watching me as I spread. He jumped down twice and gobbled small beetles that were mixed in with the other organic matter. To make plants and other creatures happy with what once was unwanted debris is very satisfying indeed!