We have this pretty great arrangement whereby I keep a canister for kitchen scraps on my counter, and our neighbor, who has a small garden and compost bin behind her apartment, takes the scraps down each week. I use an old flour canister, which works but can be a little stinky and doesn't quite hold enough to get me through the week. Our neighbor is using this beauty from Williams-Sonoma, which holds a gallon of food scraps and has a filter neatly fitted into the lid. It's the Cadillac of composters.
Yesterday the New York Times ran a piece on urban composting: an activity of intrepid city folks who refuse to let their waste go to waste. They find hideaway spots for their trays of worms and decomposing matter, with smells and flies kept at bay by the happily munching earthworms. It made us wonder: are you an urban composter?
From reader Heather in Chicago: I've been doing some research about kitchen composting, but have come up with very little useful how-to info. Are there viable/good options for composting under the kitchen sink? Our Chicago loft apartment has absolutely no outdoor space and most of what i've been able to find online is useful only as a temporary stop before getting lugged out to the outdoor compost bin.
Read on for our answer and one of the hottest items we have seen to hit the green kitchen and urban gardening scene in a long time.
Halloween is over - what are you doing with your jack-o'-lantern? Every November, millions of pumpkins are thrown away or left to rot.
Put your scary pumpkin to good use and put it in a compost pile! Earth 911 has some good tips on composting a pumpkin, and if you don't keep a compost pile ask around and see if your gardener friends do.
Your pumpkin could have a second life, helping grow more pumpkins for next year!
It takes some digging around the Naturemill website to find the specifications of this miracle machine, and sadly it won't fit into out little closet of a kitchen. But if you have and space that can handle something 22 " high x 22" deep x 14" wide (55 x 55 x 29 cm), maybe this machine is your new friend.
Of course, with a new batch ready every two week, you might also want have a garden that will benefit from the resulting compost. Or, just be a good Samaritan and take it to the park.