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.
With its self-contained growing space and guaranteed results, the Garden Patch container growing system seems like a dream come true for apartment dwellers who are hungry for some green space of their own.
Then again, it could be the no-knead bread of the gardening world -- does it take too much of gardening out of the garden? Take our survey and see more info about the Garden Patch below.
We've talked about some of the things we love at Three Potato Four, a charming vintage emporium. Here's a new item for them - an ideal set of herbs for the kitchen. Details and ideas for taking the idea further are below...
Looking for something green in your kitchen as leaves fall outside? These Tater Pots from Fred Flare come ready with soil and seeds to start herb seedlings for an indoor kitchen garden. Choose from mint, basil, or oregano to keep your garden growing through the winter. $14 apiece. Another pic after the jump!
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!
Sun is shining, weather is getting warmer...If you're like us, this means you're probably going batty with the seed catalogs, envisioning how prolific your window-box garden will be this summer.
There's nothing quite like cutting your own fresh herbs in the kitchen; no more herb bundles rotting in their Styrofoam beds in the fridge. But how annoying is it when you leave for a few days and the plants up and die?
Here's a solution: a self-watering pot that keeps plants happy for 7-10 days, while you're off on holiday. Available for $28 from Orange Skin.
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.