The nitrogen/carbon ratio in your compost pile or bin is very important to producing usable compost! You need a lot more carbon than nitrogen to make sure your pile is healthy.
- branches, stems, dried leaves, peels, bits of wood, bark dust or sawdust pellets, shredded brown paper bags, corn stalks, coffee filters, coffee grounds, conifer needles, egg shells, straw, peat moss, wood ash
- manure, food scraps, green lawn clippings, kitchen waste, and green leaves
A compost pile.
Start your compost on bare earth and allow worms to aerate the compost.
A compost bin.
Buy a large garbage bin and drill aeration holes or a premade one at Home Depot (or sometimes your local municipality will give them out, I got one several years ago for free from my city).
An indoor compost bin, or worm bin.
Two bins, one small and one large to store under the kitchen sink.
A compost tumbler.
A bin you can purchase that is designed to allow you to turn your compost.