After A Green Smoothie
A friend introduced me to green smoothies about 6 years ago. It's a great way to enjoy fruits and veggies in a drink and I like sipping it for breakfast or for a late afternoon snack. After following recipes for a while I started experimenting with different fruits and vegetables in season. My favorite during the summer is a blend of peach, pear, celery, parsley, kale, and ginger. Just cut them up, place it in a blender with some water, and let it blend to the consistency of your choice. Yum!
After enjoying the smoothie the task of cleaning the blender remains. Chunky film of green stuff clings to the inside of the blender and a thought crossed my mind: I wonder if I can use this for something? The trimmings from the veggies and fruits went to compost and will eventually feed the tomato and other plants. Soil is the recycling system for nutrients and organic wastes and it's also a medium for plant growth. What if I just fed the smoothie washing water to the tomatoes directly? Hmm...
So I did. Filling up the blender with water and swirling it to dislodge the smoothie sludge from the inside of the blender I took this smoothie washing water and fed it to the tomatoes. Tomato plants seemed to like it, meaning they didn't die and the fruits tasted pretty darn good. So I kept up this practice. Earlier this summer I started feeding the smoothie washing water to the blueberry bushes after hearing that they like acidic soil. They seem to like it too.
Technically this is black water since it would normally go down the kitchen sink and waste water from the kitchen is considered black water. In nature the content of the green smoothie (veggies and fruits) would go back into the soil so I figured it's OK to feed it to the plants. Although I know many people using water from vegetable washing to water the plants in drought stricken California, you should consult appropriate sources to decide whether this is right for you.
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About the Author
Chie is one of the co-creator of Midori Haus. When she is not sharing her stories of transforming an old house and giving tours, she enjoys trail running and hiking.