#1) Trench Composting
Supplies you'll need. Garden bed or container garden; shovel; food scraps (think produce peels, coffee grounds, tea bags, and unbleached paper plates, towels, etc.).
Optional supplies: Newspaper (unending supply from my food coupon adventures) and/or hay for the lasagna style layering affect.
Step one: Dig a hole.
Step two: Add your food scraps. I chopped mine up with a shovel.
Step three: Bury your food scraps. (I've added some shredded paper and hay as a compost 'coverup' that should attract worms and keep pests from digging it up. Like the layered garden technique I learned about and used in my asparagus beds last year from an article on Lasagna Gardening). My asparagus beds look amazing right now, so let's see if my lazy variation works). Oops, I forgot the blood and bone meal. No worries, I'll mix it in with the growing medium.
Step four: Get to planting.
Want to learn more about lasagna gardening?
T on the authentic lasagna garden method? Patricia Lanza's website (which lists her as the first lasagna gardener) is loaded with step by step instructions.
Extra Lazy Urban Garden Ideas
That rosemary bush in the center of it all is actually housed inside the stump of a tree we cut down to get more sun for growing food. We reused pieces of the tree's small branches to form these and other beds. After using bamboo we scored on Craigslist to add structure to the ginourmous newspaper pot for a dwarf grapefruit tree, I camouflaged the tree stump in the same manner. I'll do the same for the banana tree that's living in the small shelf a neighbor tossed out as trash.
What can be simpler than that? Glad you asked. I'll come back with info on making a worm compost bin that you can keep indoors.