Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:31
A compost bin should be sited so that it gets some sun. But if that is not possible, the compost will get there in the end, just a bit slower.
Most Councils sell bins cheaply, but you can also get them on freecycle. It isn't essential to turn the contents of the bin, just rummage around every 2 weeks with a garden fork to get some air into the mix.
The mix should be 50% Nitrogen (greens) and 50% Carbon (browns).
Greens are stems, grass cuttings, plant leaves (not trees - they take a long time to rot down) cut flowers, old bedding plants, veg and fruit scraps from the kitchen etc
Browns are cardboard, newspaper, shredded bank statements etc.
Compost bins only smell if too much green has been added and no air is circulating. This is easy to rectify; stir up the contents and scrunch up each page of a newspaper and add to the mix.
Urine is a good free activator for compost, could be used perhaps once a month.
I was trained by Garden Organic as a Compost Master (doing an event on Sunday at an allotment open day) So any questions that you need answering, if I don't know I can usually find out.