Composting in a tiny patio garden
For 14 years I had only a tiny patio garden, and I suffered pangs of compost withdrawal, every time I put a banana skin or cauliflower leaves in the landfill bin. Until my mother bought me a pair of reclaimed chimney pots for my birthday. I found two plant saucers that would sit comfortably in the top of them, and stood potted plants in them. Every day I lifted off the plant to put my kitchen scraps in the chimney, along with shredded paper, torn cardboard, annual weeds etc, and an occasional dose of freshly-voided urine. They produced beautiful compost, without any turning. When one was full, I emptied the other and began filling it again. The process was invisible, odourless and provided food and habitat for a range of invertebrates that found their way in. I also dropped in any slugs and snails I found on the plants.