Compost and Food Waste

Composting is an essential part of urban gardening and homesteading.  Because our urban soils do not benefit from the nutrients of animal manure and traction or formal practices of crop rotation, it is critical to replenish soil nutrients each growing season.  Food and yard waste compost is the best way to do that.

I have attempted various systems for composting, this final elevated tumbler has proven to be the best for us. Previously I had a standing plastic bin with four sides and a lid–this was both difficult to get the completed compost out of and it attracted rats.  The tumbler does not seem to attract rats, but unfortunately requires that I dig the compost out with my hands.  If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, this is a really good option for urban settings.

If you are composting food scraps, be sure to keep out any meat, or cooked foods, and try to ensure a balance of leaves, sticks and other brown matter to balance the green matter.  Otherwise you may end up with Soldier Fly Grubs, a discussion I will save for another post.

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