Composting is new to me. I have just started a compost pile a few weeks ago and its a raised bed type (4'x8'x12"H). I had a ton of leaves that I shredded, added a couple weeks worth of kitchens scraps (tea bags,coffee grounds, bannana peels, apples, anything except meat) and I also added some rich top soil from my property. I am trying to get this thing heated up but cannot seem to get enough nitrogen to work. I currently do not have much greens (Nitrogen) to apply to the leaves (Carbon) so I used some straight fertilizer (34-0-0) to try and get it going...still cold. I have kept the bed as wet as a wrung out sponge, churned everything in with my Stihl Kombi tiller head. I am currently looking for a place other than HomeDepot to get composted manure but if that would work I would use it. I have picked up a book on composting and have been reading and it seems as though I need a 2:1 ratio of C/N (2 parts leaves (Carbon), 1 part nitrogen (green grass clippings). Can I use fertilizer instead of grass clippings to get this pile heated up? Would composted manure from HomeDepot get this thing going? The leaves are turning black so something is happening.