compost tumbler questions
I have a compost tumbler and have some questions below. Last year wasn't a successful composting year for me so with a few adjustments I'm hoping that I do it right this year.
1. So far I've added a good amount of browns (mostly shredded newspaper) and greens (veggie & fruit scraps). This material has been added in little by little over an 8 week period. It's almost half full and I believe it needs to be 3/4 full for best results. The hard part is obtaining greens. For that reason I actually shucked my corn at home yesterday as opposed to doing it in the grocery store. I weed and feed so I can't use my grass clipping. Is there a point where I say that's enough even though its only 1/2 full?
2. When adding in a little brown and a little green here and there on a daily basis, how can I determine if I need to add more of one than the other? Every time I open the lid I see tiny flies flying out and the pile looks nice and moist and has an earthy smell to it but I obviously can figure out the ratio of greens to browns if keep adding to it daily.
3. In addition to turning the tumbler daily, I also use a small pitchfork to move clumped material around in the bin. Is this advisable or not?