Composting for Urbanites

Composting for UrbanitesCompost has often been referred to by garden enthusiasts as "black gold," but for some reason it still tends to be a somewhat elusive item in city gardens. Certainly, it could be assumed that the primary reason for this is a lack of space for a large compost pit in most urban dwellings. This problem is easily remedied by smaller compost bins now made commonly available by vendors like, which carries the compact kitchen compost bin shown in the photo.

Container plants could certainly benefit from a 1-2" addition of compost each year, since valuable nutrients are quickly leached from the soil and out the drainage holes with frequent watering. You could gently mix the compost into the existing soil with a small spade or even just layer it on top of the soil. I would then follow that with a 1" layer of mulch over the compost to help keep the compost moist and well-insulated as it continues to break down and mix with the existing soil over time.

In addition, just about any type of urban yard, lawn, garden, or flower bed could benefit from an annual top-dressing of compost. Most city soil is poor, often of a heavy clay nature, and tends to have been depleted of nutrients from years of planting and erosion, with little to no nutrients being replaced or allowed to build-up as normally would happen in nature.

These mini-composters make it easy to recycle kitchen items like fruit and vegetable waste and coffee grounds that would normally not be put to good use. A little bit of compost each year will go a long way to boosting growth, blooms, overall health and disease resistance, and vegetable or fruit production in your plants.

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