building a compost bin
This is a repost from the vegetable gardening forum; one of the suggestions they gave me was to come over here.
The city finally gave us permission to compost in the back yard, but of course, they had to add restrictions. I would love to hear your opinions on building a compost bin, or two, that meets city requirements and doesn't break my budget of about $20. Here is the city's list: "a tightly fitted lid," a capacity of no more than 64 cubic-feet and does not include any of these items: "burlap, tarp, vehicle tires, wire mesh, chicken wire, flexible fencing material of any kind or any substantially similar materials."
I'm hoping to avoid having to purchase some tiny plastic thing that can't turn stuff over and won't fit even a quarter of what I need to compost. Any ideas?
I would also appreciate any creative ideas on how to break up or shred compostable plant materials, especially woody ones. I've got stacks of last year's sunflower stalks, amaranth stalks, dead blueberry bushes, ancient bamboo stakes, etc. that I just can't get rid of. I have no space for heavy equipment - my house is smaller than some apartments I've lived in.
Thanks in advance for your creativity!