Indoor Composting for Apartments

by Becca
(Philadelphia, PA )

I have been researching the best way to compost inside my apartment. I plan on using the compost for all my future potted plants and vegetables. I am not sure which method to go with because I do not have a lot of space. I do have a balcony, but it is small. I would go with the Happy Farmer Kitchen composter, but I want the food waste to turn into soil. I don't have a garden to put the broken down solids into. What would you guys suggest?

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Jan 06, 2012
Our Recommendation for Apartment Composting
by: Compost Junkie Dave

Hi Becca,

Apartment composting can be a challenge but as you've already noticed you do have several options.

Based on the information you've provide me, I would suggest you start composting your food waste using our friend, the red wiggler (i.e. the ideal composting worm). I suggest composting worms and a worm bin for the following reasons:

  • The set up is fairly inexpensive

  • The worms are very easy to find and purchase (available in our store as of Feb. 2012)

  • You'll accomplish your goal of composting your food waste while learning a lot of really neat information. Composting with worms can be a very educational experience.

  • Your worms will produce one of the best organic composts and plant fertilizers on the market.

There are many other reasons to compost with worms, so if you're interested in learning more, please visit our composting worms page.

Below is a picture of me holding a handful of fresh worm poop - one of nature's best fertilizers. If you look closely, you can see a baby worm on the end of my pinkie finger.

worm compost

Oh, here's another great reason to compost with worms...if you ever have a surplus of vermi-compost, you can dry it out and store it for later use, or share it with a neighbor. I was speaking with another member in our tribe before Christmas and he told me that he was in the middle of wrapping up his annual Christmas gifts for his friends and family. Can you guess what these were? Worm Compost!!! What a great idea, don't you think?

Also, stay tuned to our interviews page because this month we're interviewing the owner of All Things Organic (ATO). ATO specializes in worm composting systems and composting worms for residential, municipal and non-profit use.

If you have any further questions, please let me know. Otherwise, please do give us an update on your decision and how it works out.

Jan 07, 2012
Worm composting indoors
by: John D

You can raise a whole lot of worms & make a lot of worm compost in an area 18" square by 18" tall. There are dozens of stackable worm bins on the market in all price ranges. I have a Gusanito 5 tray system and my worms eat almost all of my fruit & veggie waste. (except onions & citrus)

The worm compost is GREAT for all plants! The worms also love crushed egg shells.

Jan 08, 2012
Composting in a small apartment
by: Paul Dwaine

Worm composting is indeed one of the only indoor composting options, unless you plan on buying an expensive machine like the NatureMill. Worm composting can be really fun just like the other post says! You may also find a small tumbler composter (like the EnviroCycle) that may fit on your balcony for your larger composting needs.

Good luck! :)

Jan 09, 2012
Compost forgotten...
by: Anonymous

I have 3 compost heaps...well 2 that I kept my eye on, lol...I put a bin elsewhere and kept saying "I must check that bin", well that was 2 years ago and imagine my joy to find the contents of the once full bin had broken down so much that it was beautifully dark coloured, non-smelly and the odd worm was still tidying up the process...well you know where that went...some into the tomato pots and the remainder is now brewing for good old fashioned run of the mill garden variety compost tea....

Maybe I should have a bad memory all the time...hehe...

Jan 09, 2012
You Guys Are The Best!
by: Compost Junkie Dave

I absolutely love the comments above. You guys make me feel like I'm right at home, you know, with my addiction to composting and all. : )

Anonymous, I've had a very similar experience. It was OH SO exciting to open up that lid and find nothing but black gold! But then sadness came over me, when I realized my wormies were no more...or so I thought...

I added 90% of the worm compost to my garden and put the other 10% back into the bin. I blended up a little kitchen waste, added it to the top of the compost, then covered it with shredded paper. That's when the magic happened...slowly but surely, I started to see thousands of little white strands moving around the pile..."BABIES!!!" Oh what a joyous day that was. Isn't there a saying that describes this type of experience? Something about having cake and eating it to? : )

Happy Worm Composting Ya'll!

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