Kitchen Compost – I swear it’s not gross

So as it turns out having fabulous compost in the city doesn’t have to be expensive or require a lot of space. You can turn scraps from your table into cost effective and environmentally friendly plant food. Personally, I can’t wait to try kitchen composting. It is an awesome way to make your own compost without keeping a giant compost bin in your small or non-existent backyard.

Still a cynic? Worried about fruit flies and bad odors? The experts say it can be done! Basically all you’ll need is a metal trashcan with a lid (or receptacle of your choice), soil, newspapers and food scraps. Who doesn’t have all that stuff? Check out this detailed online tutorial from Apartment Therapy.

The process is actually pretty easy. You basically just punch some holes in your compost can and then layer on soil, newspapers and food scraps. Step back and let nature do its thing! The only upkeep is adding a handful or so of soil and newspapers once a week to maintain a good mix.

Now there are some important things to remember about kitchen composting:

  • Keep a lid on it to control odor and maintain the damp environment inside the can.
  • Only compost certain types of food! You cannot compost meat, dairy or fatty oils like stove grease.
  • Continually add more newspaper and soil.

And for some added fun, why not make your compost bin a piece of art? Check out these stylish compost bins that actually add to your kitchen’s décor.

The red one is from Apartment Therapy and the green is from Burgon & Ball.

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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