I'm really excited to start composting this year. I've wanted to start before but this is the year I'm going to finally get around to it. I've done a bit of research, but I have a few questions I'm hoping to get answered by some experienced folks on here.
First, I'm not sure what type of composter I should get. I'm inclined to buy a recycled plastic one rather than building my own because DH's to-do list is already quite long, and I don't have anywhere more "hidden" to keep the composter. It's going to be right in the yard and relatively visable. So I've been looking at the type you can turn and then the other more "traditional" kind. The type you can turn seem to compost faster (from what I've read) but I like that worms and other life can go into and out of the other kind. What are people's thoughts on this? Any specific brand/model to look into (or to avoid)?
Also, I am hoping to start right away and not wait until spring. I understand that things won't start composting until the weather is warm enough, but is there any reason that I shouldn't start collecting material and adding it to the composter now? It won't be "spring" here until April, although we could have some stretches of warm days before then.
Also, in terms of the needing to add brown materials to the green...as I don't have any fall leaves left I'm wondering about using newspaper. I was concerned about the ink however. Has anyone used newspaper or what other materials might I use? (I also don't have any sawdust kicking around, or really much brown garden waste as I cleaned it all up in the fall).