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Compost Bins

Check out these compost bins from Urban Farm readers’ backyards for inspiration to start your own composting.

Compiled by Urban Farm Editors

If you aren’t already composting, what are you waiting for? People across the country are experiencing how compost (aka black gold) can transform the nutrition of a garden and divert unnecessary waste from the landfill. Whether you buy a fancy compost tumbler or build one on the cheap with salvaged materials, it’s easy to get started making this valuable soil amendment.

And be sure to mark your calendars: Every year, the first week of May is International Compost Awareness Week. (Yeah, there’s a holiday for that.) During this time, the U.S. Composting Council encourages communities to host events meant to inspire, from backyard composting and vermicomposting workshops to city-wide compost collection.

If these events aren’t enough to get you revved up for compost action, check out the slideshow below to see how Urban Farm readers have incorporated composting into their urban-farming operations.

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I used to spread lime over my leaf compost. Does that really speed up the decomposition? Didn't seem to notice.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 4/20/2014 4:19:35 PM
I happen to maintain two types. One with just a pile of leaves raked in the fall. And, a second one in a trash barrel filled from kitchen scraps.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 9/18/2013 11:35:59 PM
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 3/10/2013 9:22:02 AM
Looks great!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/23/2013 11:58:36 PM
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