Inside the worm tower - before the move in

How I compost in the City

So living inner city space is pretty limited, we also rent so setting up the structure of a traditional three section compost garden doesn’t really work for us, plus there is the beagle who loves smelly stuff (we learn’t that the hard way). So to compost our kitchen waste we have multiple options. If we had one spot we would never get the compost as you need to give each one a break to allow everything to compost down.

The Worm Farm

Firstly we have the worm farm, this is the first thing I bought to start my composting as it’s relatively beagle proof. This is just a ‘can o worms’ which I picked up from Bunnings for under $100.

All the scraps are contained within the barrel and it has multiple layers that allow you to move the worm castings around the garden once the worms have finished, a tap at the base that allows excess moisture to drain out (the leachate is NOT GOOD for your garden so throw it somewhere not important). It doesn’t take up much space, and I put it under a tree for protection from the sun.

You have to be careful that you don’t over feed the worms and you have a good balance of bedding materials (newspaper, cardboard), and also that you don’t give them onions or citrus as it can make the farm too acidic which the worms don’t like.

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Can of Worms
Can of Worms – this leachate coming out of it is an example of HOW NOT TO DO IT. Keep it out of the rain guys, and don’t dose it with extra water.

The Tumbler

Our tumbler was purchased more so because it’s Beagle proof, however this thing is great. In the summer time, we get compost in 4 weeks once you stop adding to it (and providing you don’t put in big branches).  These tumblers can get pretty expensive (upward of $300) but this one we scored for $99 from Bunnings.

Essentially you add your kitchen scraps and tumble it around. Make sure it’s moist and if it starts to stink I chuck in a handful of sugar cane mulch. The best thing about this is we can add our prawn shells, tumble it and there is no stench (and they are packed full of nutrients to feed the compost).

Tumbler Composter - affectionately named R2D2
Tumbler Composter – affectionately named R2D2

Worm Tower in the garden

This is a new purchase for our composting needs. It’s a worm farm that is essentially buried in your garden so you don’t have to distribute your castings and your plants get instant benefit from the worm poo/wee and kitchen waste. I am planning on getting a few of these around the garden.

I actually saw something on a garden show and went looking to go DIY as it’s so simple, a tube with holes in it, but then we saw how cheap the commercial one was (under $20) so grabbed it.

Inside the worm tower - before the move in
Inside the worm tower – before the move in

Future plans for composting

I want to get some different varieties of worms (so Nathan has a source to get fishing worms). I also want to try out the Bokashi method as well, which is fermenting.

How do you compost your kitchen waste? Would love if you could leave a comment below. 

1 thought on “How I compost in the City”

  1. I live on a house block of 800 sq m. So that area is never big enough to grow all that I would like to grow , i have four ompost bins , zome times one of them is used as a soil storage area . The bins are made of gal. roof iron 1m x 1.6 m and about 1 m high .. i really need to try putting air pipes under the compost to help the mix to compost faster , that might happen as soon as I get some 90 mm pipe.
    Cheers from Paul

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