First you must decide if you want a traditional outdoor pile or a worm composting box. (Well there are a few other options like
or a naturemill but we'll stick with the main two methods for this article). That is traditional piles and wormbins.
A pile will allow for composting with a close to free startup- but it will require more space and hands on to obtain optimal composting output.Pro's of a pile: can be any size great or small, you can compost a little or a lot.Cons's of a pile: Tricky finding the right combination of greens/browns, must keep wet and if you live in a hot climate like Texas, this can be a challenge, must turn the pile periodically to keep it aerated (this is VERY labor intensive), piles often attract rodents/snakes.
Here is a video on how to make a super cheap outdoor composter:
Next, lets discuss wormbins. These bins can be built inexpensively if you do it yourself. A pound of worms to start your composter will cost you around $20-$30. The advantages of going with a worms is that it is odor free, not space prohibitive and the worms do all the work.Pro's of a wormbin: Can start big or small, no odor when done properly, enclosed so attracts NO rodents.Con's: red worms cost $25/pound (roughly), must keep bin moist and environment right for worms which takes some learning
Browse around this site for more tips on vermicomposting.
The choice is up to you. No matter what method you choose, it will be a fun adventure watching your produce scraps turn into beautiful nutrient enriched soil to use in your garden.