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Indoor Composting for Urban Gardeners

February 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco Home

Kitchen Compost Bin

Composting is usually something that’s done outside. However, it is possible to start an indoor compost bin if you don’t have the space to put one outside. This is often true of people who live in apartments or other places within the city. But you can be an urban gardener and make your own black gold in the form of compost. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to start your new indoor composting bin.

First off, figure out where your compost bin is going to be at. Usually under the kitchen sink is a good place. Find a plastic bin that will fit in that space. When you’re finding a plastic bin, you want something at least a foot deep. Also look for the maximum surface area that you can fit into the space you have available. Rubbermaid makes some very good and durable plastic containers and it should be easy to find a size that works for whatever size space you have. Remember to drill holes at the bottom of the bin for drainage and set it on top of a waterproof surface, such as the lid, so you don’t have a mess on your hands. Compost tea will drain out of the bin as your compost progresses. In addition to a storage tub you can also use a commercial system for indoor composting.

Once you have selected your plastic bin, you need to get your worms situated. Yes, I said worms. You can order them online. While you’re waiting for them to arrive, collect some black and white newspaper scraps. You’ll need enough to fill roughly one half of your compost bin. Once you have the worms and the newspaper, you need to tear the newspaper into strips roughly an inch wide. Once you have this done, get the newspaper strips slightly damp and place them in the compost bin. Spread them out a bit. You want to save a little bit of newspaper for later, but put about three-quarters of it into the compost bin.

Now, it’s time to add the worms. Dump them into the compost bin and let them get settled into their new home. Once they’ve starting squirming around, you can put the rest of the newspaper strips on top of them. Think of it like you’re giving them a blanket. Leave them alone for a week or two while they get used to their new environment. After that, add anything you want to compost to your compost bin. That’s it, now you’re making compost indoors and it shouldn’t have any type of bad smell attached to it. Every few months(or whenever it gets full), you can empty your compost bin outside. Indoor composting is one simple way for us to reduce the amount of trash we throw out each week.

Good things to compost:

Vegetable scraps
Coffee Grounds
Used Paper Towels

Bad things to compost:

Meat scraps
Uneaten food

Author – Tiffany Washko is the editor of Nature Moms, a site for natural and green parents and she happens to live in the city. She frequently addresses urban gardening and prefers to use The Worm Factory for indoor composting.

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