Making your own Compost Bin

Making your own Compost Bin

Hi, I am wondering if anyone has any input on making your own compost bin. I live in a city (Baltimore, MD) and we have a rat problem. Like rats so big they scare my cat when she goes on a walkabout. I don't feel comfortable having a compost pile. I want to put together a compost bin. It's my weekend project. Help! I am intending on starting it from the dying (dead) stuff from my garden (the cucumber plant that has decided the season is over... the over grown collard greens that are far too tough to eat). I also guess I will add veggie waste from the kitchen on occasion. I looked at homedepot.com and they have all these ultra fancy things for $100 to $279. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=compost+bin&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 Then I looked at stopwaste.org and they have instructions how to build your own... http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=445 Putting some holes in a trashcan seems about my speed. Anyone have any input about composting? What do you do or use? Which bin will be most likely to work best? Do I need to buy worms or something? If I start this composting thing this fall will it mean that I will have perfect composted dirt next spring for my garden? Is there something I should buy to start it off first? Strange questions, I know-- but homedepot.com is selling this compost starting mix (well, it is for the $2,000 composting toilet HA HA) and I am wondering if I should put a mix of peat, sand, and whatnot in my compost bin? This is what they are selling--- http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100466735 Any help you have to offer is much appreciated! -K Update: I bought a metal trash can. My 12V drill didn't have enough power to drill holes in the trash can. It is rather shiny and I don't really have the heart to gouge holes in it anyway. I took my old hard plastic can, drilled holes... broke down my garden... shredded and tossed non performing old stuff (holey and tough collard greens and tomato stalks) and 6 dozen red worms and something called 'worm casting' into the (now) holey trash can. I also found 2 native earthworms from my garden and tossed them in as well. I guess I could dig up some more-- maybe later. We shall see if it produces usable compost by next spring. I will be watching it for rats and turning it every few days. Thanks everyone for your help!
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