Composting method recommendation for urban setting?

Asked April 15, 2019, 1:18 PM EDT

Can you recommend a compost method for an urban setting?
We used to live in California and had a compost heap that attracted rodents, and would like to avoid the same mistake.
We are considering a rotating tumbler method, but have heard comments that they somehow aren't as great in practice as imagined. We also tried worms, but managed to kill the worms with overfeeding. We could do worms again with better management, but would like to process more yard waste than I think the worms could manage. Thanks!

Arapahoe County Colorado

1 Response

There is a variety of structures that can serve as compost bins and are animal-proof. CSU has a very detailed fact sheet on compost bin structures and many of the pros and cons of each:

https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/composting-yard-waste-7-212/


There are also some shorter CSU scripts on different composting topics:

http://planttalk.colostate.edu/?s=composting&submit=+


Worm composting, known as vermicomposting, requires diligence. Worms cannot live in outdoor compost piles in Colorado winters, so a special year around vermicomposting set-up is required. Vermicomposting requires temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees, so it will need brought indoors in the winter months. Here is CSU's information on vermicomposting.

http://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/soils-amendments-composting/1622-composting-worm-composting/

https://sam.extension.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/05/vermicompost.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4nKhcgPb-4&index=48&list=PLF923A9DD3BD61E42