A while ago, we featured a rather mammoth composting drum for the exceptionally enthusiastic gardener. But what if you don’t have the room for such a beast? What if you don’t even have a backyard? Perhaps an indoor composter is in order?
As someone who lives in a condo, I more than understand. Disturbed by the amount of green, organic waste I was throwing in the trash and saddened by the fact that my apartment building wasn’t participating in a green bin program, I decided to start looking for options I could take on personally.
While having a yen for composting could label me a hippie, the options I found for indoor compost bins did not sit well with my uppity yuppie heart. Indoor composters with “drip trays” and multiple holes to let the gasses out did not sound very appealing to keep in a small indoor space – and don’t get me started on the composting kits that use worms.
My research led me to the best of both green and clean living: NatureMill Home Composters. While I haven’t had a chance to demo this personally (and if the good people of NatureMill feel like giving a certain writer one for a follow-up article, she sure would be grateful …) the reviews and what I’ve learned about this composter give me a pretty great feeling about this product.
The NatureMill Home Composter looks like a bit like a PC tower (Mac fans, bite your tongues), except it’s programmed to churn your trash into compost, sans-stench. Just pop your organic waste in (like food scraps, veggie and fruit peels, coffee grinds, eggshells and wet paper products), a bit of soil (just to get it started), some dry shredded paper, a bit of baking soda and it’s ready to go. This indoor composter is programmed to churn, turn and mulch the material on a regular schedule while regulating the air flow and moisture levels as needed. You can then just add your organic waste to it. It even has a special filter system that keeps bad odors from becoming an issue in your home (we’ve heard that the only smell people sometimes catch a whiff of is similar to sourdough bread. That’s fine by us!).
Take a look at it in action:
After about two weeks, you should have a tray of mineral-rich compost and a container of “compost tea” fertilizer. Use it in your garden, potted houseplants or even spread it around guerrilla-style to nearby parks and community gardens (complete with a note saying it’s from “Your Friendly Neighborhood Compostman”).
NatureMill Home Composter Plus XE retails for $295 and the NatureMill Composter PRO XE (which is the same size but comes with some enhancements like a foot pedal, designer color options and a lifetime filter) sells for $100 more. On NatureMill’s site, they have an outlet section for refurbished or returned indoor composters – you might be able to score a better deal there.