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The Simplicity of Composting

The Simplicity 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, Remodelista contributing editor and gardening sage Michelle clues us in to a few tips.

To read Michelle’s entire story, visit Remodelista.

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 counter top. 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.

For more composting and recycling ideas, check out Remodelista’s posts Kitchen: Recycling Bins, Wind in the Willows and Mill Valley Loft Style Kitchen.

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6:57PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Heidi A. asks: "What exactly do you put into the compost mixture? Scraps of what? Do you mix the compost with soil before using?"

I ask, again: "You show us great receptacles for composting at home but HOW do we compost at home?
The title here is The Simplicity of Composting but all you tell us is what to use for composting, not HOW."

9:13AM PDT on May 24, 2012

You show us great receptacles for composting at home but HOW do we compost at home?
The title here is The Simplicity of Composting but all you tell us is what to use for composting, not HOW.

6:03PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

This article was posted at just the right time. I just spent the evening searching for the best composting bin and now here it is. Thank you!

12:52PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

thanks

5:10AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

I do it all the time ....good for the ground....

6:31AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

thanks for the tips !

7:36PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thank you Susan W. for some explanation. But how do you know when its ready? And, what do you do with it? Do you spread it around, feed each plant with it like plant food? What exactly do you put into the compost mixture? Scraps of what? Do you mix the compost with soil before using?

3:12PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Composting is a fantastic way to help the environment.

7:23AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

unless you get the $400 red model, don't you need worms or something to actually eat/transform the stuff? yet when i attempted to read up on vermi-composting, it sounded like you have to feed them a steady diet of paper & cardboard, and if they're super hungry, they'll eat your leftovers too. i don't get it.

2:37AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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