May 05.22

Easy Compost Tips: Whip Up A Smoothie

LUSH Life >> Green

It's easy to be green these days.

Composting kitchen scraps is hardly the newest way to lighten our loads on Mother Earth, especially with more communities offering curbside compost services. Our LUSH Kitchens and head offices all compost, and our shops do so whenever possible as well. There's always more we can do, though.

Composting isn't difficult provided there is a designated spot, and a system to it. It's a natural process, so however diligent or casual the system, compost will happen. (We suggest a more diligent system for communal spots like the office though!) A helpful resource for all kinds of compost questions is Barbara Pleasant's article "Compost Made Easy" on Mother Earth News; this is a must-read if you are looking for good dirt on the topic.

On the Internet one day, I stumbled upon another article about "compost smoothies" from a blog called Maoomba. Hang on a tick, I thought - what have my plants been missing all these years? And how easy would this be in an office lunch room? While there's still a compost heap in the yard, Maoomba's article about compost smoothies-or direct composting, or what some even call blender composting, has helped tighten the loop on my kitchen garden by using fresh scraps immediately. (I like to think of the activity of the fresh nutrients doing for my plants what a Fresh Face Mask does for my skin.) 

Here's a recent example of my compost smoothie made using dinner prep scraps from a small gathering: unused basil leaves and stems, shallot nubs, red pepper guts, cherry tomatoes. I keep a glass bowl out for these things in cooking prep. When the contents are enough to fill my blender about half way, I add some water and whiz it up. These small, fresh batches get used immediately, so if you don't have the patience for traditional composting-this may be just your thing. 

Using advice from others, I'm only putting fresh things like the prep scraps in these compost smoothies. No food from the table with oils and dressings gets added, and no meat or dairy. I don't add coffee grounds into the blender, but I do stir them into the mix after its finished. I'm new at it, but my plants seem happy. 

Making compost smoothies in your blender couldn't be easier. It's exactly what it sounds like - food scraps and water whizzed up. Another tip gained recently: when adding compost to the ground, don't agitate the area much. Let the soil's own ecosystem absorb and distribute nutrients by adding compost mix into a small hole next to the plant. For container plants, I have been spooning a bit of compost smoothie mix on here and there.

Do you make compost smoothies? We'd love to hear any of your best tips in the comments.