Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vitamix Composting 101

Since Jim over at Federal Twist mentioned Vitamix composting, I thought I'd post some photos of my composting process.  I love the ease of Vitamix cold composting.  Easy to break down, easy to work into the soil and easy to clean the Vitamix unit itself.  What more can I ask for?

Here is a bowl of scraps to be composted.  You name it, it is in there...veggies, fruit rinds, tea leaves, coffee grinds and even organic paper towels.  You may also want to add some potash or other nutrients depending on what your soil needs.

Into the cauldron!  Almost to the top, but leave room for water.

I add as much water as the canister full of scraps will hold.

A few incantations i.e. turning the knob to full spin and....voila!

I pour the mixture directly into the soil around the plants.  You should also work  the mixture in so that it doesn't sit on top of the soil and get crusty. No harm done if you don't work it in, but the crusty green sludge on top of the soil may offend your highly tuned aesthetic sensibilities...

After mixing it in, the worms and Mother Nature do the rest.  Easy-peasy and about 7 minutes from start to finish.  What do you think?


  1. Well now that is a lot of work to make compost. :) Not sure I would want a compost bin though as I worry too much about it attracting rodents so I can understand doing it this way and working it in to the soil.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. That's a great idea if you don't have room for a compost heap and want to add some nutrients cheaply to your soil. You could also dig a bit of a trench around your beds and put the kitchen peelings in as they are then bury them. I wouldn't use the blender method as I hate cleaning blenders.

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  3. Cleaning is easy - just warm water and 2 drops of soap on high for 1 minute. Can't hate that! :)