Composting In Small Spaces

Green Spaces in Small Places

Living in the city or in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have some green space to call your own. Growing fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers on the balcony or rooftop is a growing trend. No pun intended! Balcony gardening is visually pleasing; creating an oasis of green right outside the door. Imagine dinner made with fresh-picked vegetables and herbs, direct  from  balcony-to-table! There’s also space for a composter. They’re not as big as you think. And you can do your part to recycle kitchen waste into food for your plants.vegetables on balcony

Feeding  A Balcony Garden

Fertilizing your pots of vegetables and flowers is essential. Compost is the most natural, nutrient-rich fertilizer you can feed your plants. Compost helps retain moisture and it promotes healthier, disease-resistant plants.  Making small batches of compost from food scraps and other compostables is a great way to reduce waste that would otherwise go to the landfill.

Make Compost in Tight Spaces

You can make compost in small spaces. Really! You’ll want to buy a small, fully-enclosed composter. This type of composter is best for small spaces because:Back Porch ComposTumbler fits in tight places

  • it builds up a heat core faster; you get finished compost quickly
  • it will keep out pests
  • odors don’t escape
  • it looks nicer and is neat and tidy

There are lots of things you can compost. Here’s more information on how to compost plus a list of common and not so common things you can toss into the compost bin. No matter how small your space, you can reduce waste by composting!



  1. I have been using a Mantis composter for three years now and shut it down for winter. I’m wondering if I could still compost all through the winter with surplus grass and leaves that I bag up?

    • Hi Rich. You can compost in winter if where you live stays a consistent 40 degrees or more. You can actually move your composter into a garage, for instance. And Mantis composters build up a hot heat core which enables the materials to break down faster than other types of composters. We’ve got some great tips on composting in winter here

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