Due to various reasons I am unable to keep a compost pile. Each week I
throw out a small plastic bag of vegetable peelings and scraps. I had
the idea of pureeing them, either in a blender or a food processor or
both, maybe diluting it with water, then using the result as fertilizer
in my garden. Just wondering if anyone has tried this?
what do you grow?
if you are growing the same kinds of vegetables
there can be some disease/pests transmission if
you are using unsterilized materials.
no, i have not. it takes quite a bit to
puree a stem from a woody plant. i think
the energy involved and the damage to the
machine/blades makes this an expensive and
intensive way to recycle scraps (not counting
the cleanup too).
check out worm composting. for the amount
of scraps you are talking about you could
probably get by with one or two small bins and
the amount of processing isn't too bad (no more
than you'd be doing if you were feeding and
cleaning a puree machine and digging a trench
to cover the slurry).
It will work, but may attract unwanted insects, or animals.
During periods when the beds aren't in use, you can also bury kitchen
scraps in 8" - 10" deep trenches. Dig them first, and then fill them in
as you use them.
Welcome to the New America.
It would be simpler to just roughly chop them roughly by hand while you have
the knife in your hand and then bury them weekly. You can put them in
unused ground or in between shrubs, trees etc, even alongside annuals if you
don't damage the roots. They will decompose and enrich the soil, no smell
and less chance to attract vermin.
I have also burried a big bottomless plastic pot up to the rim int he garden
and put chopped scraps into it. i drilled big holes all roudn the side of
it in multiple places and use an old 1950s/60s era metal hub cap from a
Holden as a lid. The idea behind it was to be a worm farm for free range
worms. In reality, I forget to give it enough liquid so it's only an
intermitent worm station.
Forgot to mention that I would be spreading it on my perennial/shrub
The scraps generally consist of cucumber peelings, tomato cores, wilted
lettuce leaves and bean sprouts, onion ends, and the like.
I have a blender, so I may give it a whirl <pun intended> if for no
other reason than to quench my curiosity :-)
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