How to Use Juicing Compost

Overview

The best way to dispose of the pulp that accumulates from daily juicing is to compost it. Plant-based kitchen waste makes an ideal addition to a compost pile. And there's no reason to stop at juicing pulp. The more varied the material in your compost pile, the more quickly it will decompose. So as you collect your juicing pulp in a receptacle, throw in some vegetable or fruit peelings and even your coffee grounds and filters. Anything vegan is ok to compost.

Step 1

Collect your juicing pulp (and any other kitchen waste) in a receptacle with a lid. The size is up to you, but food left sitting in the kitchen for too long may begin to smell. One way to avoid this is to invest in a kitchen compost crock with air filters.

Step 2

Empty the receptacle into your compost pile.

Step 3

Add an equal amount, by volume, of brown compost material like dried leaves or hay. See the resources section for a list of acceptable brown compost material. If you don't have a steady supply of brown material on your property, consider buying a bale of hay.

Step 4

Add a handful or two of garden soil to your compost pile to introduce a fresh supply of the microorganisms responsible for breaking down the material in the pile.

Step 5

Use a shovel to turn the pile and thoroughly mix the material.

Step 6

Repeat steps one through five until your compost pile reaches between 3 and 5 cubic feet. Then stop adding new material to the pile and turn it weekly until the contents turn into rich, brown crumbly compost.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container with lid
  • Compost pile or bin
  • Shovel
  • Brown material
  • Garden soil

References

  • Happy Juicer: Uses for Juicer Pulp
  • My Juice Cleanse: Juice Pulp, Eek What To Do?
  • Compost Council of Canada: At Home with Compost

Who Can Help

  • Joy Blooms in the Garden: Green and Brown Compost Material
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