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All gardens need soil that has been cared for and amended. City soil is especially degraded by decades of building and development, and you definitely do not want to plant food directly in a bed of untended urban soil. Composting allows you to imbue soil with the organic material and nutrients that make plants healthier and heartier without the use of synthetic chemicals that eventually end up in the water supply.

Real Goods offers a number of ways to make composting easy, clean, and smell-free.

  • Our compost bins and tumblers are a great way to keep your compost aerated, uniform, and away from the vermin it might otherwise attract.
  • Our composting toilets provide a great way to repurpose a constant source of waste into an excellent soil amendment.
  • Our composting accessories - including compost starters and catalysts - provide the microbial additives that accelerate the composting process.

We also carry a vermicomposting (worm composting) solution – one of the best soil amendments available.

"Fortunately, all soil can be amended by the addition of compost and organic matter, so some of our first projects in creating a city garden are to build a compost bin or worm bin and get to work composting our kitchen scraps."

Solar Living Sourcebook 14th Edition
Chapter 12: Urban Homesteading