Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:35
A compost bin will never smell nasty, once it gets going its a lovely smell, but you do need two and then some bags to store it in, you never put cooked food in but i expect you know that.
Our garden centre sells well rotted farmyard manure quite cheap, but if you know a farmer, he will probably give you some. If its well rotted down, you can dig it straight into your patch.
I have to do everything on the cheap as well, its surprising what you can scrounge from friends and neighbours, or swap plants and veg.
Good luck with your venture, you will love it once you get underway.