MAKING THE BIN
Cut a 12½ foot-length of 3 foot by 2 x 4 inch welded wire fencing. Connect the ends to form a cylinder.
"INS AND OUTS"
Things to put in: Carbon: Leaves do not need to be shredded. About 15-20 bags will fill a bin.
Water. Put the bin where you can reach it with a hose, but well away from water sources (well houses or streams).
Nitrogen: Rabbit food (alfalfa), manure, fresh green plant trimmings, organic or chemical fertilizers (33-0-0 or urea 48-0-0) all contain nitrogen.
Things to keep out: dog and cat waste, meat and bones, grease (oil and dairy - dispose of in garbage), herbicide or pesticide treated plants, magnolia leaves and pine needles (very slow), weeds gone to seed, coal ash (wood ash is ok), diseased plants, invasive weeds, grass clippings (keep those on your yard after mowing known as grasscycling).
Kitchen scraps make fine compost, but they can lead to problems with animals, insects and odor. Beginning composters may want to start with leaves alone. If you add kitchen scraps to your leaf compost, add small amounts (less than a gallon) at a time and bury completely under 8 inches of leaves. Other good options to compost kitchen scraps are to use commercial compost bins or worm farming. Remember: Never add kitchen scraps to a "lazy" pile.
Making a batch of hot compost
When making a hot and fast pile, it's best to make compost in "batches." Fill your bin to the top with the right mix of materials. This is aerobic composting, powered by microbes that require oxygen.
Repeat the following steps three times until the bin is full.
Add one foot of leaves (about five bags) to the bin, then pack down with rake.
Add a layer of nitrogen rich material. One choice is a 50lb. bag of rabbit food (alfalfa) or the equivalent amount of nitrogen.
Add water to "squeezed out sponge" consistency (about 50%); mix materials well with a pitchfork or hoe.