The Simple Breakdowns of Composting
You don’t have to have a large garden or an expensive composter to turn your scraps into nutritious fertilizer; it’s easy and you can even do it in the smallest apartment. Here, Michelle, editor of Gardenista, clues us in to a few tips.
Above: The Brushed Stainless-Steel Compost Pail will minimize odors from food scraps and look sleek on the countertop; $29.95 from Williams-Sonoma.
Above: According to Michelle, you don’t have to get fancy when it comes to composting. She used to toss scraps into a mixing bowl on the countertop. Here, papery skins shucked from garlic and onions, as well as thyme stalks, sit in a glass container. Photograph by Patrick Barber.
Above: Although an open container works, Michelle still recommends one with a lid to keep flies at bay. This Enamel Storage Jar is a good choice because it easily wipes clean; £18.95 at Cookshop UK.
Above: For another compost pail option, we also like this heavy-duty galvanized, rust-proof model with a tight-fitting lid; $69.99 at vardiac.com.
Above: If you don’t have outdoor space, you can install a compact, odor-free bin under the sink or in a corner of the kitchen. This stylish red DIY project was originally seen on Apartment Therapy.
Above: Lastly, if you are equipped with the right tools and design sense, making your own composter is ideal. This three-bin system by Ryan Boren allows you to segregate “green” and “brown” materials and then mix them in the third bin.