Using Juicers for Composting
by Yvette Victorino
I am a firm believer in eating healthy, and growing organic foods. Although, I am not a pure vegetarian; because on occasions I still eat chicken and turkey, most of what I consume is either fruit or vegetables. Recently, while preparing a meal, a thought occurred to me about using a certain appliance known as a juicer, and producing rich compost for the garden.
A juicer is a tool or appliance used to extract juice from fruits, vegetables, or wheat grass. The reason we use juicers is because of the high nutrition of the juice of fruits and vegetables. They contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants which promote health and healing.
I will have to admit, not everyone owns a juicer, because they can be expensive, but if you can afford one, it is a great investment.
The juicers extract the juice but they separate the pulp and collect it in a side basket, this is known as the waste. Well, since this waste is to be discarded, why not use it to compost your plants directly. I have taken the pulp to bury it deep near the roots of my flowering plants or vegetables, this is a form of feeding the plant, while you benefit from the juice. Of course the obvious is to enrich your compost pile by adding it directly to that as well.
Juicers break down the fruit and vegetables by shredding it down, which translates into faster decomposing; I found that you can take old vegetables that you can't juice, and just use it to create pulp, while using the juice to feed the plants directly. It all becomes compost when used correctly, only a juicer breaks it down faster benefiting everyone.
If almost everyone who eats fruits and vegetables would take the waste, and just compost it. You can only imagine the benefit we would have on the earth. The rich soil we would produce and the healthy plants we could create.