When we moved to California from Massachusetts, we traded our stunning half-acre yard for a concrete patio with a raised garden bed – and we were pretty lucky to get that! We had a massive compost bin in Massachusetts, and I learned to really appreciate that nutrient rich soil for gardening! Our raised garden beds here have really poor soil (most of the soil in our area isn’t very good), and I wanted some of that richness but didn’t have the space for a compost bin. Our indoor space is also limited, and I didn’t want to use it for a worm compost bin – although those look really cool – especially with a very curious toddler on the loose!
So, I decided to speed up the compost process with a little help from our very sturdy (Vitamix) blender! Any time we have compostable food, it goes in the blender. I fill it with water, and we create nutrient-rich plant juice. This works really well in California, where it rarely rains (it still hasn’t rained properly, and we have been here almost two months!) I got pretty spoiled in Massachusetts, where it rained so often that rarely needed to water my garden. This urban method of composting helps me remember to water my plants!
What are your best tips for urban or small space living? I’ll be posting about how we’re making four kids in one room work, sometime soon. I’m just hoping to finish part of the kids’ room before I take pictures!
Do you have a garden in California or a similar climate? What do you recommend that we plant? I need to take advantage of the gorgeously mild weather here! We don’t get a lot of sunlight in our yard, so I need plants that do well in shade or partial sunlight.