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Composting Made Easy—Even for City Dwellers

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  • Composting is not as complicated as many people believe; you can compost in any open space in your yard, in a shallow pit, in a large bin, or in a small worm bin that takes less than two square feet of space
  • Composting benefits your plants, the soil, and the environment; not only does it improve the health of your plants, but it reduces pollution, decreases greenhouse gases, and relieves the pressure on our landfills
  • Compost requires four basic elements: water, air, heat and organic matter, in the right proportions; you need an optimal blend of green matter (nitrogen rich) and brown matter (carbon rich) for the best results
  • Suggestions are provided for how to get started with home composting, including materials, options for containers, best types of organic matter, and tips for troubleshooting common challenges in your compost pile
  • Worm bins, compost tea, and making “Humanure” are introduced as innovative composting alternatives

By Dr. Mercola

Do you compost? If the answer is no, then maybe you believe it's too complicated or time consuming, or too smelly—or perhaps you think you lack a suitable place to do it. I have been composting for the past two years now and have learned how to refine the process.


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