If you are outside-space constrained but want to compost kitchen scraps, try vermiculture!
Indoor worm composting, done correctly, makes it easy:
- No smells, no bugs.
- Year-round production.
- No costs after you get started.
What you need:
- A lidded plastic container with ventilation and drainage.
- Shredded soy-printed newspaper.
- Food scraps and a bit of water.
- Red Wiggler worms (Eisenia fetida).
- A dark, warm place.
- A commitment, as with a family pet.
- Patience. Compost takes time.
Don’t add meat, dairy, citrus rinds, or processed/oily foods. Eggshells, coffee grounds, even coffee filters are fine.
Finished vermicompost is rich in castings, aka worm poop.
- Nutrient-dense fertilizer – improves soil health.
- Sprinkle on house-plant soil or garden soil.
- Leachate liquid makes a great fertilizing compost tea.
- Package extra as gifts for friends and family.
Laura & Gil
Our friends Laura & Gil Richardson are, in their own words, “imperfect” but they are much further down this Planetarian path than anyone I know. They are a treasure trove of sustainable living inspiration and we’ve asked them to share one simple swap per week that they’ve made (and the products they love) in hopes it might inspire you to make them, too.