On our 10 acres, we didn’t have to really concern ourselves with proper methods of composting since we were basically in the boondocks. We had a huge vermicompost system located under an oak tree out by the garden, a goat and a low spot towards the back of the property which we threw all organic matter.
When we moved to the city back in 1985, the soil here was so horrendous that we composted our kitchen and garden waste digging holes in the ground to try to improve the soil. Once the hole was filled up with organic matter and green waste, we’d dig another and so forth.
Now that the soil is greatly improved and there are no more holes to dig, we use a variety of composting containers
and methods (citified farm animals and EM) here on the urban homestead.
In the comment box Chicago Mike asks:
Food waste, etc, has become an issue here as well. I really want to compost intensely, but the wife is concerned by our proximity to neighbors. I know that someone experience could pull it off, but I am not sure yet.
I am concerned about varmints as well
Varmints and neighbors are a real concern for us city folks.
One composter that seems to take care of both is the solar cone. It’s varmint and fly proof. All the composting happens enclosed and underground – meaning no smells! Here on the urban homestead we just move the solar cone from one raised bed to another and even a whiskey barrel.