For a few short months, my husband and I kept a composter in our brownstone’s communal backyard, and we loved it. We went from tossing garbage every other day to emptying the trashcan once a week. It was so satisfying to transform what would otherwise have been rubbish into rich humus that we used to nourish our potted plants. Sadly, when our landlord put the kibosh on our compost pile, there wasn’t much for us to do but mourn and move on. Then I heard about a new community compost program that started in our area. My interest was rekindled, and with a little additional research, I learned that there are other ways to compost, even without access to green space. (And here are 10 fruits and vegetables you can grow in a tiny apartment). After all, not all of us are lucky enough to live in places that have curbside composting programs (I’m talking about you, San Francisco and New York City).
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