Lately I've felt this huge urge to be more self-sufficient and green in my daily life. I've always felt wasteful throwing so much garbage away (even though I recycle) that I've decided to harness my trash and start composting! Which of course will be great for the vegetable garden I plan to start this spring.

I did a quick search for threads about composting and it seems like most people use the "pile" method. I am actually in an apartment right now so needless to say I have no yard to put a pile in. I was considering trying a "bin" type of compost so it will stay more contained. (I'm going to be starting the garden with my mom at her house which will go over fine, but an open compost pile definitely won't since her house backs up to a golf course). So that's another reason to try a container type of compost.

Of course they sell container composters as well as tumbler composters which are great for aerating, but they are all upwards of $200! Does anyone have suggestions for a more economical variety of composter? I was thinking maybe a 6-gallon food-grade bucket to start out with and maybe graduate to a small trash can type container with holes drilled in it. That way I can still roll it around for easy aerating but I won't be out $200.

Does anyone have any experience or advice with this kind of thing? TIA
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Hmmm......I think I saw something homemade in an old issue of "Organic Gardening" some time ago.....I'm not sure how thorough their archives are, but you may want to Google them (or Rodale, the publisher), and see what you find.

I compost directly in my garden, but if I didn't have a yard and wanted to compost in an apartment, I'd have a worm bin. Worms make the composting process faster. You can make your own worm bin for about $10 and a pound or two of redworms is another $10. They will eat all your organic garbage and make lovely rich piles of worm castings (poop) for your garden. They don't stink and you probably won't even see them.
My boyfriend and I keep a worm bin in our kitchen. When we have food scraps they go in the blender and then in the worm bin to feed the worms. you can put shredded paper and dryer lint in there too.
I've had some success with completely cutting the bottom off of a plastic kitchen garbage can and using that. I turned it from time to time with a shovel & I left the top off so that the rain and air could get to it.

Before deciding to cut off the bottom, I tried just making holes there to help the rain water drain about an unholy stench! Maybe my holes weren't big enough, though. Good Luck!
We have a compost pile outside, but just started a worm bin in our garage. We only have a few worms, but more are on their way via the mail.
Composting and green/organic gardening is really big now. Many communities have composting workshops through their cooperative extension offices or natural resource council chapters and give away free compost bins. You might want to look into that.
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