I'm lazy and have no real yard. Do I still get to compost my kitchen scraps?
June 17, 2012 1:22 PM Subscribe
Are there any truly low maintenance, foolproof systems for low volume patio composting? And is it worth doing, if all I have is a patio where I can have potted plants of any size, but no yard to plant stuff in?
posted by fingersandtoes to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Our townhouse has a concrete patio, about 10 by 30 feet. It is fairly sunny.
My kitchen generates a ton of food-trash and a lot of it seems (to my uneducated eye) like stuff that could go in compost. Fruit rinds, coffee grounds, eggshells. Over-the-hill cut flowers (? -- could they go in compost if they aren't organic? I don't know.) The patio is right off the kitchen so it'd be easy to just dump appropriate scraps into something out there.
So, I was thinking maybe it would be smart to get some sort of compost system, to reduce my trash flow. And then maybe I'd be making magically fabulous potting soil that I could effortlessly grow flowers and potted veggies in (in reality, I have always had terrible luck with gardening, but in this fantasy it's all solved by all this splendid compost I'm going to have.)
But when I started researching it I quickly got overwhelmed. It seems like the various systems have potential to attract ants, flies, rats; or release gross juices or stink; if you don't devote a certain amount of work to them. And realistically, neither my husband nor I are going to have time and energy to devote to a compost project. At best, we would be dealing with it (harvesting compost and planting something in it??) for a few minutes every 2-3 weeks. (Although if it's something like turning a crank to mix stuff up, we can do that every day. We water the plants out there regularly.)
So - is there a system out there that would be right for me? Something where you just put in your food scraps, and out comes something you can plant flowers in, without worry, insects, vermin or stank coming into the picture?
Thank you! And please feel free to burst this bubble, if I'm wildly off base. I don't want to spend $300 on something that I'm going to abandon after a month of smelly failure.