Compost in Your Apartment Without Worms? Yes.

I bet one thing that keeps many apartment renters from composting is the thought of hundreds of worms squirming around in their kitchen or balcony, intrepid little tubular annelids who may be curious as to what the rest of the place tastes like.

Well, fortunately, there are resources on the Internet that show you how to compost in your kitchen or balcony without the aid of worms.


It’s not easy being green: It may not look pretty, but that’s what lids are for.

But first things first. For those who don’t know, Merriam-Webster defines compost as “a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land.” So yes, it’s fertilizer, fertilizer you make with normal outdoor and household refuse, the ultimate recycling.

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On YouTube, this Minnesotan, who, as far as I can tell, goes by Praxxus55712, has a rather unique way of indoor composting, unique in that he says he doesn’t follow any strict parameters. And no, you can’t use the lapdog, either.

In the above video, all you need are dried leaves, a drinking cup full of top soil, a pretty large can of used coffee grounds, a good-sized clean bucket, a spot of water … and your hand as a mixer. Make sure your bucket’s lid has some holes, or if your bucket doesn’t have a lid, try an old porous towel over top your goulash; the ingredients inside the pail need air to compost.

After you’re done these steps, let nature do its magic. You should mix or turn your compost fairly often so it receives needed oxygen, which causes more microbial activity. There are variations on this method, like using decaying plants and fruits, and of course, worms, so have a look around YouTube, which has quite a few composting videos. I chose Praxxus55712 because his video about wormless composting was pretty straightforward.

As a bonus, here is Colleen Vanderlinden from writing about indoor composting. From what I gather, composting takes anywhere from six weeks to a year. Believe me, if you’re actually going to compost in your home, ask a knowledgeable friend or relative, an employee at your trusty home and garden store or one of the many composting websites on the Internet.

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Not to overload you with links, but this ridiculously thorough guide to composting should answer many, if not all, of your questions about this undertaking. Yes, they’re selling a product, but you don’t have to buy it.

And here is a Yimby Tumbler Composter from Amazon. As you can see, this can be for the balcony (or small yard if you’re lucky enough to have one), and is quite affordable.

Now, get composting in your Northwest digs. Your plants will love you for it.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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