City Composting: Finding "Browns" Without A Yard

Are you trying to compost without a yard? Bold move. Respect.

One of the main questions urban composters ask themselves is: where do I get my “browns”, or carbon-rich materials? If you have access to a yard, finding that dry mulch material is relatively easy. Twigs, leaves and dry grass all serve as excellent compost “browns”.

But what if you don’t have easy access to the types of natural spaces where you can find these materials? Remember, carbon materials in your compost are absolutely crucial: successful composts operate with a 24:1 ratio (browns:greens).

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This article is for the average urban gardener, to help them find “browns” quickly and easily in their own city-cosystem.

Note: Don’t want to have to deal with browns, greens and mucky compost bins? You might want to look into electric composters instead.

Finding “Browns” In Your Home

Oftentimes, you need look no farther than your apartment or condo for those high-quality browns. Don’t believe us? Read on and prove us wrong!


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