Mr. Hunter/Gatherer and I have been playing at being Mr. and Mrs. Farmer Brown for the last few years. We have a nice sized backyard so we are able to have a garden, a deck, a little room for five water barrels and the three dogs. Every year we either add a new water barrel or we add a new bed in the garden. We aren't able to add to the garden this year but I have a feeling there will be a new water barrel for front lawn watering.
Our garden consists of six raised beds of different sizes and shapes. We rotate our crops and we even try to compost as much as we can in our one compost barrel. Composting is slow and some of our crops have suffered because we did not realize just how often we should be giving them extra nutrients. One example of that, is our tomatoes.
We love having slicing tomatoes for sandwiches but mostly we love those little Romas so we can either can or freeze them for later use. Last year I didn't get very many from the eight plants we had. We had bottom rot. I have also seen it called BER (Bottom End Rot). I pin loads of things on Pinterest on a daily basis and have seen a few home remedies for this, so this year I tried the Tomato Smoothie (this is my term).
For many months now I have been saving all the coffee grounds from my Espresso machine and my eggs from cooking on the weekends. I have a small bowl by the coffee machine and save the "pucks" until the bowl gets full and then dump them all into a gallon freezer bag along with any eggs. I keep the bag in the freezer so one, it won't stink and two, it takes a while to save up enough to make a Tomato Smoothie. Here is how I did it...
At first I tried putting everything into the dry grind pitcher for the Vita Mix thinking it would blend it down into a nice coffee/egg powder. Nope. The grounds were too dense to let the machine do it's job. The Vita Mix put up a fight. I didn't want to burn out the motor so I added water to loosen it up. That was fine until I figured out I couldn't get the whole gallon bag into the smaller container.