There is really no limit to compost bin options. Whether big, small, simple, fancy, wood, metal, plastic or any other material fits your style, here are a few ideas to get you started:
* Purchase a compost tumbler or plastic compost bin
* Buy a plastic garbage bin and punch some holes in it to create a
container like the ones you can buy at the store but for less money
* Make a simple wire hoop from heavy grade concrete wire
* Build a wood container with one of the many free plans online
* Just pile it without any container at all
Whichever kind of container you choose to use, we recommend that the size be at least 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet.
A compost pile needs green ingredients (nitrogen) and brown ingredients (carbon) to create heat that makes the material you add decompose. As you start out, don't worry about exactly measuring how much of each you add, just try your best to alternate a layer of green ingredients with a layer of brown ingredients so you get a little bit of both. Most of us won't get the perfect 30:1 Carbon to Nitrogen ratio and that's ok. If you are off a little bit one way or another you will still get compost eventually, it just takes a little bit longer.
Fats and Oils ; Meat, Dairy, or Meat Byproducts; Big tree parts
Your compost pile needs air to provide oxygen for the microorganisms that work in your compost. Since these bacteria speed up your decomposition process by up to 90%, this part is important. To air your pile you can turn it with a garden fork every 2-3 days, add a layer of sticks for every 6 inches of green material, build the pile around a PVC pipe with holes drilled in it, or just poke and stir the pile.
Step 4: Moisture
A successful compost pile also needs water. When touched, it should feel damp. Not enough water will make the bacteria stop working. Too much water will make your pile soggy and smell bad.
That's all there is to it. It's as easy as that to get started. Happy Composting!
Blog by: Sabine Ehlers, CMG