Good Question: Composting Without a Yard?

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Here's Leah's question:

Growing up, my family always saved and composted our food scraps. But, everywhere I've lived since I left home, there's been no easy way to do this. I hate putting everything in the trash. So, when I discovered the NatureMill composter (pictured - $299) a few months ago, it seemed like the perfect solution.

What's stopping me from buying one and composting my heart out? Ironically, the compost. My husband and I live in a small condo, and have no yard of our own. The first batch could probably be spread out over our houseplants. But, after that, I'm afraid we'd quickly be overrun.

Is there anyone else who is already composting without a yard? Is there a creative solution to this problem? How can I find someone to give my compost a home?

Start composting! We have some ideas ...

First off we must admit, because Berkeley has such an awesome food scrap recycling program, we don't do our own composting in our apartment. If we did, we'd probably have a similar problem.

Here are some ideas that quickly come to mind:

1) Neighbors. Obviously fellow condo-dwellers will turn you down. But if there are any homes with yards in the neighborhood, we'd suggest checking to see if anyone could use free compost.

2) Craigslist. You could put an ad up for free compost -- although this solution might prove to be a bit too labor intensive.

3) What about guerrilla composting? Is there a pathetic-looking plot of struggling plants in a local park? Could they use a little TLC?

We're guessing that there are some readers out there with similar composting issues who can weigh in with some superior solutions? Lay 'em on us ...

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