Composting in Small Spaces

Composting continue to be an intimidating element to gardening. We can’t blame you. All the technical details can get overwhelming or perhaps the image of big, bulky plastic containers continue to cloud our imagination. However, composting is achievable and adaptable, even when you have a tiny area to work with.

Small space composting is just as essential as those who do it in bigger gardens. It is incredibly nutritious for your soil and is highly sustainable. You get to turn your household waste into fertilizer and at the same time, help Mother Earth.

A compost bin.

Composting

Compost is in the simplest terms, decomposed organic matter. It’s mainly made of kitchen scraps like coffee grounds, fruit peelings, grains, eggshells as well as leaves, woodchips, shredded paper, and the like.

One thing to always remember when composting is that not all is meant to be in a compost. Otherwise, it can become more of a toxic waste than nutrition to your plants.

A compost bin inside a house.

Urban composting

Urban composting is a means to compost in small spaces. Don’t ever think that just because you live in a small apartment without a balcony or backyard, that you can no longer compost.

One of the most available options among city dwellers is municipal composting. Countless cities around the world have created programs meant to collect organic matter similar to recycling or waste programs. Get in touch with your local authorities and see how you can get started. These programs would usually provide you containers or offer curbside pick ups.

Try different means to compost

One of the most popular means of composting in small spaces is through worm composts. It’s one of the easiest and most cost-efficient means to create your own soil booster even when you don’t have much room.

Worms in the soil.

All it takes is a container the size of a shoe box with holes in it. Layer it with moist newspaper, organic matter and red wiggler worms. You can add scraps as the days go by, depending on how big the appetite of your worms is.

Small container composts are also great when it comes to your home garden. There are plenty of available ones in the market, including our very own. One thing you need to keep in mind is where to put them if you don’t have a backyard or balcony. You can place them under your sick, in your hall cabinet or by your door. Remember to be mindful about churning and turning your compost often, and layering the various organic matter you put in. This way, odor is managed and you can get the most out of your compost every time.

Father and sons composting.

Making it a community effort

One of the best things about small space composting is that you can share it with more people. Considering how many more urban dwellers became gardeners during the pandemic, you can easily share your compost with your friends, neighbors and the rest of your community.

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