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Dreaming of planting a summer garden, but don’t have the tools? Or maybe you’ve been meaning to start composting but just don’t know how. Well get ready to flex your green thumbs because you could win some sweet gardening and composting schwag in our Green Summer Giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Naturemill to give ONE lucky Inhabi-reader a brand new electric composter worth $400! We’re also giving away some sweet runner-up prizes to another three readers, including a fab Naturemill Stainless Steel EZ-Grip Compost Pail (retail $70); a LadyBagsSF Large Garden Tote with Tools (retail $50); and this beautiful LadyBagsSF Garden Bag (retail $125). Want to call one of these fantastic prizes your own? Find out how to enter our summer giveaway below!


1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you plan to do to make your summer your greenest yet. The deadline for this giveaway is Friday, June 21. We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our June 27 newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!


Naturemill’s ULTRA Kitchen Compost Bin is their top-of-the-line composting system. It can hold 4 gallons (15 L) of scraps and is perfect for a family of 4-5 people. The ULTRA automatically mixes your scraps so you don’t have to do the dirty work. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and there are no trash odors! Because the ULTRA works using hot composting, you can even dump meat, fish and dairy products into the bin!

Naturemill’s Stainless Steel EZ Grip Compost Pail will look great on any kitchen countertop. Store peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, greens, clippings, fruit, and vegetable scraps, then easily transfer them to your garden compost. This pail includes a charcoal filter in its lid to prevent orders.

Interested to know how these compost bins work? Check out our full review of their ceramic countertop compost pail!

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  1. jujujoint May 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    i recently moved to the big island of Hawaii where it is common to live off grid. this island state has a very delicate eco-balance, and has to move all of its trash off island, so they are HUGE on recycling and upcycling. my daughter and i started an upcycling business, using recycled bottles to make beautiful lamps, wind chimes, candle holders and dishes. we sell our products at the local farmers/artisans market, S.P.A.C.E., a business that promotes upcycling, recycling, organics and non-GMO. the manager is so delighted with what we are doing, he is featuring us in his upcoming festival. we have made bags to wrap purchases from discarded clothing (cutting long sleeves, pockets, pant legs and sewing one end when necessary. for business cards we decided to get soy-based ink recycled plastic stamps made, which we print onto discarded paper like cereal boxes, magazines, greeting cards, etc.

    in addition, we have about 50 fruit and nut trees on our small property, so we compost every bit of vegetable matter to make rich soil. i renovated our house using local bamboo whenever possible, as it is a rapidly renewable source. rather than discarding our job waste, we set up an area in front where neighbors can pick through it and take anything they can use. we have recycled about 80% of our construction waste! life is good in hawaii, and recycling is majorly supported.

  2. durgaprasad709 July 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    what to do on summer just going to a green village and enjoy in the rivers and planes.

  3. Jannette Cox July 16, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I installed raised beds for a garden this year and everything is coming in beautifully, but I desperately need a composter to recycle the leaves and stems into compost. I could use the compost to enhance my flowers and vegetables. I simply hate throwing away the scraps when I know they will make environmentally safe fertilizer. I have a well and do not use fertilizers that could contaminate my groundwater. Sure could use this composter!

  4. rrey0456 June 28, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    I’m sure my new tote with tools will see a lot of use this summer.

    Thanks again inhabitat

  5. makingadreamhome June 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Recycle more and eat more organic and local foods.

  6. June 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I love this website! I use the articles in my classroom often.
    My students and I have just created an indoor and outdoor passive composting project, these items in the contest would be put to wonderful use as we don’t have the proper tools for composting.


  7. Eric de Jongh June 26, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Great Contest!

    I just got a new house together with my newly wed wife. With a large garden that needs a lot of work these tools would come in very handy!

    Great job Inhabitat and naturemill!

  8. Amberica Hanson June 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    My husband and I moved to the ‘country’ two years ago, and since then we have been working hard to turn our home into a self-sustainable home. We are working on solar energy. Water storage. Raising our own chickens. Growing a garden & herbs. Also we’ve planted fruit and nut trees. This would be so helpful! Thank you for the opportunity!

  9. Blake Simmons June 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for this opportunity. I live on a small urban lot. I’m planning on starting a small scale vermicompost system in my basement with red worms. It’ll be great to be able to turn some food waste into valuable compost. Since there are only certain food items you can compost with worms, and the Naturmill can compost most of the items the worms don’t like, I’d love to be able to use them in conjunction to limit food waste as much as possible. I’m also planning on starting a small garden in the back yard into which the compost will be going. Eventually I’d like to try a small scale aquaponics system, which the red worms are great for. We’ll see. Thanks again!

  10. Sasteger June 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I have persuaded the HOA to let me raise chickens in my back yard! I want my daughter raised with more awareness of where her food comes from than I had. Thank you!

  11. neha_singh June 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I love in a small one bedroom apartment, so i dont have all that much space to work woth but this summer i I’ve planted flowers in my window sill, made a beautiful terrarium and will be taking up bonsai so I have a tree in my home :) I’m also going to be making vertical planters so that I can grow my own herbs, cherry tomatoes and strawberries! Last but not least my next project is a living picture frame which will feature a succulent garden on my wall :)

  12. batresg June 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Hello, Thank for this drawing. I am a 2 yr cancer survivor. I have changed to a healthy eating and excercise lifestyle change for mr and my 9 yr old daughter. My daughter is a Junior Master Garnder and we would love a composte pail for all of the vegetalbe, plants and fruits we are growing. When the compoite is ready we plan to grow a flower garden and use the compost to enrich the flowers. I would love to educate and teach my daughter to recycle and use the rich compost for our gardens. We are happier with our healthy lifesyle and would love to incorporate composting. Thank you, Grace

  13. itsok2bgreen June 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I am trying to plant an edible yard for me and wildlife. I am building raised garden beds since I live on a plant based diet and tired of the prices of non-GMO food at the store. Plus I am having the garbage disposal removed from my sink to make sure all waste is reused!!!

  14. User1 June 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    My kids waste a lot of food. This would be great to have.

  15. lastadam June 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I would love to win one of these awesome prizes

  16. Gle June 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I’m going to attempt to grow my own veggies this summer. A compost bin would go great with that.

  17. Steve Hyde Steve Hyde June 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I will start using and passing out Woobamboo toothbrushes. It’s a bamboo handled toothbrush that is biodegradable.

  18. Susan Mccaghren Lawrence June 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Nothing wasted here! Pulp feeds the wild deer to animals as I use zero chemicals on my small acre.We have a slack city recycle program so we do everything to make our footprint as low as possible. This would make my like easier because as you age , it is hard to bend and do what you want to- and as a senior- this would make a positive difference in our lives!

  19. June 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I use the pulp from my juicer to feed the rabbits and birds so there is no wasted food.

  20. skwerlish June 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I just moved to Brooklyn from Northern California and am trying (and succeeding) in making my new roommates and apartment more organic and green. We’ve constructed the compost area in the backyard, but it’s hard to get these compost virgins to get over the hump of inconvenience for the long term impact composting will have not only in our home, but on the world!

  21. Eleanor Russell June 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    My summer is going to be green, because I’m going to make a film promoting environmental behaviour in a new way. I’m going to carry on trying to eat more vegetables and less meat, but this time I’m going to try and get my house mate to join me. I already put vegetable food waste on a pile in the garden, but it’s making out tiny little green patch smell, and my house mate wants me to stop/find an alternative, so this would be perfect!

  22. ncbm June 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

    My biggest eco-sin is going to the gym to burn excess calories: 1) It means that I eat slightly more than I need which is not very green; 2) I go to the gym which uses a lot of energy!
    My green summer will involve changing my eating habits, and running around the streets of London to keep in shape!
    The compost bin would be great for my tiny apartment, and help with the coffee grounds and other organics which I will be able to reuse on my balcony garden!

  23. Kathleen Findley-Forcer June 20, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    My very Irish mother always put the peelings out in the garden. Learned at the early age about composting and good cow manure (grew up on a farm). Have tried to get the family involved with this with some success, but an electric one (3 men new gadget) would go over even better.

  24. djmcdonough June 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Looks very cool!

  25. Bw5k June 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I don’t always mow my lawn, but when I do, I use my reel mower.
    Stay thirsty my friends.

  26. UniversalWendy June 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    ReUse…Look to clothes wardrobe and remake/makeover/renovate clothes by adding and removing as needed to add a special updated twist – look at male mates clothes and make shirt dress…
    ReUse…jewellery I no longer wear – re-string, remake, add beads to clothes/belts be innovative and fun, rings into brooches, brooches into rings…
    ReSole – shoes/boots I love, change colour not with paint but rather with coloured shoe cream…penetrates better than polish and looks more natural that leather dye…
    It is about seeing something ‘out of the box’ so to speak – see how it can be adapted into something else…see the potential…
    For extra FUN – share a whole day or weekend with friends, work together, share together, ideas and materials…Guys welcome…can do outdoor ReUse as well old wheelbarrows/watering cans into planters…tyres piled 2 or 3 deep to plant small potato/sweet potato garden…and on the list of ReUse Remodelling goes…

  27. June 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Ready to begin soil building in our new home, putting stone walls together to impede erosion, then starting the lasagna style raised beds to encircle our garden haven. A food not lawn project is planned for the side yard hopefully in time for a late fall harvest after we coax our friends the voles to take up camp somewhere more fitting.

  28. MaDe June 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    New composter for new condo makes me and my community garden plot happy.

  29. GFontaine June 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Let me describe my current urban guerrilla composting technique first and foremost: Living in a 300-ish sq. ft. studio in the sprawling city of Los Angeles, it starts with placing various vegetarian scraps into my freezer – which has barely enough room for the essential quart of chocolate coconut ice cream to live. The ever-growing frozen snowball of compost has its own self-timer which is very convenient: when you open the freezer door and a glacial mass of fruits and vegetables rolls towards your face like the stone ball in “Indian Jones”, it’s time to take it outside.

    The next step is to wait until the cloak of night, dress in anonymously typical clothes, and sneak outside, matching your steps to the hum of the apartment washers and dryers bouncing off each other by the front entrance so as to not attract any extra attention. Once securely at the entry with your icy plant nourishment, you look left, you look right, making sure there’s no one on their balcony, no one parallel parking, no one picking up a date or walking their dog; and then you strike! In 3-5 quick steps you quickly return that polar veggie form back to its Mother Earth, amongst the bushes and “wild” life of the city.

    Or, if stealth is unsuccessful, which occurs about 1 out of 8 times, you traverse the whopping 9 miles (i.e. 1.5 hours in So Cal distance measurements) to deposit the colorful berg into a friend’s compost bin which sits next to their oh-so-coveted gorgeous backyard food garden. (Of course, while trekking across the city, you spend your time drooling and dreaming of such a garden to be your own reality some day).

    My current urban guerrilla composting technique has worked well over the past few years, reducing carbon footprints and keeping additional little bulges out of the growing mountainous landfills, but I think it just might be time for an upgrade—in true LALA-Land form – to a top of the line Naturemill Electric Composter! But, seeing as how it requires more dollars than the total number of square feet of my apartment (a very easy budgetary rule of thumb), it’s just simply out of reach. But what if, instead, I took a fraction of that dollar amount, and with the help of Inhabitat, of which I am a new reader, I am able to create/hack/dream up my OWN coveted food garden on my wee balcony this summer!? Maybe I could source some left over rain gutters and hook them onto the metal railings? Or, I could find a used over-door shoe organizer and plant some lettuce, spinach, kale, and chard in every “foot”? And thus, I could create a miniscule farmsteading mecca (Muuah ha ha)!

    Then I would absolutely need that composter to go full circle in a much closer proximity! So all the summer sustenance can be enriched by last season’s left overs. Yes, THAT is my plan to become greener this summer. So, beloved Inhabitat, help me make this summer green in an edible way, in a tiny space only a city with improving public transportation could love. It’s a stretch, I know, to try to win that shiny space-age environmentally savvy box of wizardry, but who doesn’t wish upon a star in hopes, for example, that their trusty commuter bicycle overnight transforms into a Tesla Model S? (Queue first-world problem tiny violins).

  30. nnpayne June 20, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!!! While most growing families might be looking for easier living and more square footage, we are closing on a tiny 1940\’s farmhouse on 10 acres. With 2 kids of our own, 4 foster kids, 3 dogs, and a little brood of urban hens most people think that we are crazy. But bring on the gardens, and rain barrels, and worm farms, and solar kitchens because we are ready for greener living! This composter would make a great housewarming gift (hint, hint!)

  31. devonts June 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    This summer will be all about walking & biking more & keeping it local & organic. (Unf. my garden is less impressive than I would prefer, but I’m still composting).

  32. kawickham85 June 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Being green isn’t just a summer affair in our household. It’s a lifestyle. We are constantly striving to reduce our carbon footprint. Already we have successfully eliminated ALL disposables including plastic bags, paper towels, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products and even toilet paper! We are also a one-car family, have backyard chickens, pressure can beans and produce, make our own household cleaners, use soap nuts for laundry, and even turn bar soap into liquid soap. An electric composter by Naturemill would be a perfect addition to our family and I’m certain it would get a lot of use for years to come.

  33. andrea sansom June 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    2000 square foot vacant lot in Red Hook, Brooklyn which is rebounding post Sandy. Garden is grown with all donated or volunteered perennial plants and trees, donated wildflower seed, rain water collected in cistern from neighboring roof and transferred to rain barrels via solar-powered pump. We have a bat house to call attention to White Nose Syndrome. Lot was covered in gravel and plastic so growing is work but a joy to offer flowers to passer’s by.

  34. Stylianos Chatzigiannis June 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I will use it my country house …thats for sure ,,..and not only ..

  35. Mr Marbles June 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I just moved to a shared house with significantly less space to garden, but still enough to work with. None of the other people I live with compost, so my goal this summer is to get them to start so we can garden next summer! This would be an excellent first step!

  36. msophelia June 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    already subscribe to the newsletter (and love it!) we’re expanding our container gardens this year, and growing/canning more of what we want to eat. since we have a composter out back, we’re able to reuse much of what we produce, to create more produce. :)

  37. Ona Harper June 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I love composting!

  38. cdistasio June 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    We just planted a small backyard vegetable garden and would love to add compost to watch it grow! We\\\’re expecting a baby in September, so this composter would really make my life a lot easier, since turning a compost pile with a big pregnant belly is pretty challenging!

  39. Taylor Flannagan June 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    My Lady requested that I win this wonderful composter. Please let me be the hero ;)

  40. jodmentum June 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Can’t get any greener down here than growing four towers of Kale, Chard, Mint, Basil, Beets, Carrots, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Romaine, Mesclun, Arugula, and Chives

  41. steve4real June 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Every day our resident raccoon family knocks over our grin bin and spews our organics all over our walkway. Our neighbors have stopped using it but feel strongly about it… Also we have a micro drip irrigated garden on our balcony that would benefit from the compost :)

  42. Inlitero June 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Composting for almost five years now, never looking back. The garden loves it.

  43. Adri Adri June 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    We just started a garden this spring and I would LOVE to be able to compost for the garden!! We recycle just above everything — our motto is when in doubt – recycle it! :)

  44. Jason Smith June 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    We just moved and unfortunately I cannot compost outside anymore. Our family uses tons of local produce and we now feel guilty for throwing our waste in the trash bins (our city doesn’t have green bins unfortunately). This would be a great item to help us reduce our food waste creation!

  45. Steven Cook June 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I bury my compost now, would love to have the automatic composter. It’s true I have problems with fruit flys. Hopefully this summer will be my greenest yet. I am taking my LEED Green Associate exam in July and I am going to be installing solar panels on my home to offset my carbon footprint. Thanks

  46. rrey0456 June 20, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Well, considering the first official day of summer is today. I’m more than proud to say I’ve already started making this my GREENEST SUMMER YET! Sorry for all the caps but I can’t help but be excited. Being 23 years old and the youngest of my family. Which consists of 3 boys and 3 girls I started as soon as spring hit and I still have a lot of work to do. My mission is to slowly convert my family and make them more Eco-conscious. I started with my self by using my car less, growing an organic vegetable garden at my home and starting my Upcycled compost tumbler made from an old plastic garbage bin. I’m also converting my toilet into a duel flush with seperate buttons for liquid and solid waste.
    I’m currently helping my oldest brother build a raised garden bed for his house using 4 HT(Heat Treated, safe compared to Chemical Treated ) Reclaimed wood pallets that he found. Also at my sisters house she and I have built a 4ft by 6ft raised bed where she just havested some Broccoli and Spinach. I’m currently waiting for Peppers and Tomatoes that started fruiting. Lastly I’m planting a Chicago hardy Fig tree and my other sisters home where we also just started a compost pile and a new vegetable garden where the previous owners had a flower bed.

    Many more exciting projects to come! I’m confident in saying I’m well on my way to making this my greenest summer yet :)

    I really appreciate all the articles keep em coming.


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