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Jain
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I have never been able to develop or maintain a compost pile. Too dry conditions, not enough 'green matter' and lack of interest in turning, watering etc. made composting a bust for us. But having a constant stream of good kitchen trimmings that I wanted to give back to the garden didn't make sense to trash those instead. What I figured out was that anything that could go down a sink disposal (which we didn't have or want) could be whirled in a blender . . . thus mulch shakes/garden smoothies became part of our homestead garden recycle routine.

I found a used blender with a plastic jar at a garage sale for 50 cents. I simply leave the blender jar (with lid in place) in the sink where I can put food trimmings into as I make them. When the jar gets towards the top I only need to add water (often from some pot or dish soaking in the sink), blend it all up and take it out to the garden and mix it into the soil. The pieces are so small that this mass quickly incorporates into the soil. The blending process does a good job on aerating any odor making it a no pest attraction process too. 

We leave a little cultivator in the area where this is being worked in, creating a 'trench' for dumping the next batch into thus rotating the instant compost through out the garden. Been doing this for at least the last 20 years!

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Forgot to add that I have found I can blend up items like banana peels and celery too if I cut these across the long fiber strings before putting those in the blender jar. Egg shells and citrus peels can also be used which can not be good in compost piles otherwise.

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that's a great idea, we also use all our scraps from the juicer as well or they go as a treat for the chickens

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KVR said
that's a great idea, we also use all our scraps from the juicer as well or they go as a treat for the chickens

Yes chickens are a very 'efficient compost-ers'! Unfortunately dear hubby is dead set against having these since our situation isn't good for them. (resident foxes, snakes, and a mountain lion or two too). Happily others in our area provide us with fresh eggs Laugh

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