One can spend a lot of money on all of the products made to help us produce compost – compost tumblers, compost bins – worm bins, etc. But all things considered –it's pretty easy to make compost for next to nothing in just a simple pile. With that said, if you find a way to contain it; a wood, metal or plastic bin or fenced area – it's easier to maintain and keep out unwanted pests.
We use a two bin system at Old World Garden made for free from recycled pallets – but you can just as easily have a single pile, or a three bin system. There are major books written on composting – so in no way, shape or form is this post the end all to composting – but just some general points in making and using compost.
We could get into all of the nitrogen vs. oxygen vs. moisture content details and arguments – but don't get so caught up in it that you never get around to starting a pile. ...»