There’s a viral tip encouraging folks to “speed up” their composting by tossing veggie peels, old fruit and even newspaper into a blender with water to make an organic slurry. The idea is straightforward: The blender has done the work of composting by breaking down organic matter into very small pieces, so, according to the tip, it’s safe to pour from the blender right into the garden. The reality is, you don’t want to do this. The natural sugars are intensified in a blender, and when poured directly into the ground, they burn up, which can cause plants to die and earthworms to flee. Composting is meant to be slow and steady.
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