Seeing as how it’s Earth Day and all, you will probably read a lot about compost. Compost is very green, Earth-friendly, sustainable, expensive to buy pre-made and time-consuming to make on your own. (Actually it’s well nigh impossible to make on your own in our neighborhood, since our neighborhood association prohibits compost bins. And clothes lines. And recycling. Ahem.) UNLESS…
When a wise friend told me that she used to grind up her compostable items in her blender to save time, I thought I should give that a try – cheap, fast and easy is my kind of project. I had a moment’s hesitation over putting trash in my Vitamix, but I overcame my reluctance because I knew it would make such a fantastic blog post. The things we do in the name of unpaid journalism, right?
I brought the blender full of compost smoothie out to the yard and poured it in the bed where I’m planning to put some lettuces and tomato plants amidst the day lillies. Hopefully this concoction will please the lillies. And the weeds, which are also featured in the photograph but will be pulled soon, I promise.
Back inside, I washed the blender and top thoroughly with blistering hot water and dish soap. Twice. Then I put more hot water and dish soap in the blender and blended it on turbo for a minute. Twice. Hopefully our lunch time smoothie will not taste of old wet coffee grounds and overripe banana peels, but if it does at least we know we did our part to be good stewards of our garden.
Happy Earth Day!