I made a small compost bin out of 4 plastic "bread trays" the kind that a baker or bread delivery truck would use. Just place them on the ground and use cable ties at the top and bottom corners. Its less than 3 feet square, but works fine due to the aeration on the sides. I keep an extra tray to put over the top to help keep critters from eating my worms. (Yes, worms were attracted to my pile almost immediately - love'em!)
I also use a big plastic barrel with holes drilled as a tumbler. Its got one of those metal "buckles" that secures the lid. It was originally used for shipping lobster bait. No stand, I just kick it around the yard to mix up the contents. There's a YouTube vid about this somewhere. I get usable compost in about 5 weeks in this tumbler.
A couple of tips: 1) If possible, capture and use rainwater on the pile, its better for the microbes. Tap/hose water has chemicals to kill bacteria.
2) Try to mix/balance your greens (nitrogen) and browns (carbons) to keep the pile going. Too much of one or the other slows it down.
3) if possible, break everything down as small as possible before ading to the pile. (I have a food processor I use make a "compost goulash" every week. It takes minutes, and speeds things up A LOT. (Add some water, and this can even be poured directly into the garden if you like.
4) Coffee grounds are actually considered GREENS , not browns. Their nitrogen to carbon content is around 11:1
5) Mother nature takes care of the whole process, but with an occasional nudge, you can REALLY speed things up.
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