How to compost in an apartment

Composting isn’t just thrifty, it’s also eco-friendly. By composting peels and other greens at home, you’re throwing less stuff away, which makes your home a low-waste household and reduces your footprint by a little bit.

Composting is also kind of fun. Nature is fascinating, and watching the slow process of composting is great, especially since you get something out of it. It’s almost as good as gardening!

However, if you live in an apartment, you may think your options are next to none. The good news is, you still have plenty of options! The bad news is, they’re all kind of limited. But let’s go through them all the same, starting with the most satisfying

1. Making vermicompost

It’s super satisfying keeping pets, even if the pets are literally earthworms. Your pets may not be as pretty as others’ pets, but they’ll certainly work a lot harder! Keep them in a dark container, and add peels regularly. You probably won’t be able to use all your kitchen peels, mind. Every few weeks/months, you can empty out the vermicompost and use it to fertilize your plants.

2. Getting a composting tumbler

If you can use the rooftop space, this is the perfect option. Buy and install a composting tumbler. Then all you need to do is add peels from the top, turn the handle every now and then, and in no time at all, you’ll have wonderful, rich compost! The downside is, you’ll need to make an investment. Composting is usually free.

3. Using peels as mulch

This is something I’m currently doing, and it’s pretty satisfying. It gives the balcony garden an allotment-like feel. Just tear or cut peels down into small pieces, and then lay them on top of the soil as mulch. They’ll dry out with sun exposure, and slowly rot in the soil and make it loads better. I’ve turned clay soil into rich, black soil with regular mulching!

4. Composting in a large container

This idea doesn’t work very well in my experience, and it isn’t as satisfying, but if it’s your only option, it’s better than nothing. Prep a container with a rock on the bottom, and a little bit of soil. Then pile the peels on, and top off with some more soil. The micro-organisms in soil will work on your peels and have them nice and composted within a year. Use a ceramic container (not a plastic one) for better results.

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