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Name: Los Burts
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texasnewbie
Apr 11, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Good Morning All......we have recently trying using an old blender to create sort of a liquid compost with all of our veggies food scraps. Can anyone else share effects or experience using same procedures. How often should plants or trees could use organic liquid compost?

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Baja_Costero
Apr 11, 2017 9:46 AM CST
It's not compost until it has broken down thanks to the activity of microorganisms. If your goal is to homogenize the food scraps, that might aid the microbes (then again it might not--they like air in there). But it will not provide a shortcut "bridge" to the finished product, what could be useful for trees and plants... the only practical way is to wait and allow time to work in your favor. Composting can be sort of an art in itself but time is going to be an important part of the process no matter which route you choose.

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sallyg
Apr 11, 2017 2:29 PM CST
It's a quick way to get rid of scraps. Just don't put so much in any one place that it stays slimy or smelly. Might dig a little hole and pour, then cover it. I think it'll disappear. I would only do this outside in native ground where the soil micros will get on it right away. Potting mix might not have enough activity to break it down, so I'm not sure how well those plants could use it.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 11, 2017 5:09 PM CST
I agree If you mix it with the soil around your trees or shrubs, it should become useable to the plants fairly quickly.

There's really no way to know how much a plant can use, though since it will be variable in the nutrient content, depending upon what kitchen scraps etc. you have blended up that day.
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greene
Apr 11, 2017 5:11 PM CST
The chopped up vegetable matter is not liquid compost but it's a good beginning. Pour it onto the compost pile so it can compost naturally or dig it into the soil and it will feed the earthworms. Back in the day my dad, who didn't know what composting was, used to dig a small hole and bury the vegetable cuttings from each day; he would dig a new hole each day to "feed the worms" and he had a beautiful and productive garden. Hurray!
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plantmanager
Apr 11, 2017 5:16 PM CST
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Yardenman
Apr 11, 2017 11:01 PM CST
Liquifying organic matter is a fast acting way to get nutrients back into the soil. But you want to spread it around evenly. Too much of that in one spot encourages anaerobic microbes. And fast-acting means not long-lasting.
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KarenHolt
Apr 12, 2017 7:20 AM CST
Personally, I would just get some fresh manure (from the winter's months) and make compost tea. It's what I do every winter. My husband hauls cattle, I get enough from the winter hauls to get through spring, summer, fall and winter. I only use winter manure because I don't have to worry about grass seed or any other seed going into my ground from someone else's pasture. Just from reading what you are doing, this sounds more like what you want. It's instant, it soaks into the ground so the soil and plants can benefit and it doesn't kill anything.

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