You don't really need much technology to be a gardener, and composting is no exception. An old-fashioned compost pile works fine, as it has for eons. You simply find a suitable spot and heap up some stuff, using the simple formula in the next section. Then cover the pile to keep the heat in. Turn it now and then if you want it to break down faster (see Figure 16-2). Squirt some water on it every week or so. Harvest ripe compost. That's it.
^ If you must buy composting bin, look for a simple bin made of recycled plastic y^JV (Figure 16-2 also shows an upright compost bin). The bigger the better; piles 1^11 around 3 x 3 feet heat up better than smaller ones. Throw plant parts in the top and periodically pull finished compost out the little door in the bottom. No muss, no fuss, no turning. Or get a tumbler-type bin and give it a spin once in a while. You can also build a series of bins out of concrete block, scrap wood, or other sturdy material for the dividers. You want to turn the compost in a bin system; a concrete floor makes that easier.
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