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How to Compost in an Apartment

2017-07-05 17:00 #0 by: Evelina

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Composting in your apartment is easier than you think. With the rising awareness of the benefits of composting, there is an increasing amount of composting options that are available for city dwellers. 

Household waste gets tossed into landfills, which actually generates methane gas. Methane is a harmful greenhouse gas that increases the rate of global climate change. By composting you can minimise your carbon footprint, make one less trip to the garbage can outside, and save money on fertiliser for your plants! 

I've been researching how to start my own compost in my apartment for some time. Not too long ago, I found a product called City Worms. City Worms is a french made compost bin that is perfect for those who live in apartments. I believe this particular product is only available in Europe. However, there are many other similar products online since city composting is becoming so popular. Here is a link to a video of how to use it. 

After reading an extensive amount of reviews, I decided to purchase one for my own apartment. I'll have to give an update on how it goes after a few months. Many reviewers claim that you cannot smell the compost bin even when it is placed in the kitchen. The fear of a smelly apartment was one of my biggest reasons for not composting sooner. 

How to compost in your apartment:

  • Research your best compost bin option online, or make your own
  • Decide where to keep it (balcony, kitchen, basement, closet). Keep in mind that there are temperature guidelines in order to keep your little worms alive. The Swedish winter will be too cold for me to keep mine on the balcony. 
  • Assemble the product
  • Dont forgot to put some worms in there 
  • Start composting organic waste; cardboard, vegetable peelings, remains of meals, coffee filters, used coffee grinds, tea bags, shells of eggs, hair, pet hair, except for animal product (meat and cheese), garlic, onions and citrus (too acidic).
  • Use concentrated liquid fertiliser for garden 90% water and 10% liquid fertiliser, and solid compost for repotting (takes about 5-6 months). 

Happy composting! 

Namaste & Happy Gardening!

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2017-07-05 21:38 #1 by: Niklas

How about flies, won't they find the compost delicious too? Do you have to turn the compost over regularly?

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2017-07-06 03:56 #2 by: Evelina

With this particular one there is no need for turning the compost. The worms can travel easily as it has layers. As far as the flies go, it's pretty sealed off. As long as you sustain a regular amount of paper products and refrain from putting meat, dairy and acidic items, there shouldn't be an issue.

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2017-07-06 07:36 #3 by: Niklas

Okay.

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