Banana peels are a good source of nutrients—as most kitchen scraps are—and that’s why they are all a welcome addition to our compost piles.
Fresh banana peels contain roughly 19 mg of calcium, supporting the breakdown of nitrogen in the soil and the movement of nutrients throughout the plant.
Let’s have a look at these different ways of using banana peels in your garden.
Banana-Vinegar Mix to Feed Your Plants
Acid-loving plants like gardenias, rhododendrons, blueberries, and azaleas benefit from a quick spray of banana vinegar. Vinegar, if used in small amount, can increase acidity and enhances the iron content in the soil, allowing these acid-loving plants to grow better and develop healthy foliage. Begin by fermenting leftover banana peels and follow the instructions here. If the concoction has a strong smell of vinegar, consider diluting it with an equal amount of water, to avoid burning the plants.
Nourish Grown Flowers and Plants
Roses, orchids, tomatoes, and other plants respond well to having bananas at their roots. Cut peels up and toss them around the base of your flowers. If planting transplants, put peels in the holes, cover with soil, and then plant. Repeat every 3 – 4 weeks.
Fertilize Tomato Plants
If you want your tomato plants to thrive and produce the harvest prolifically, don’t forget to add banana peels. As banana peels enrich the soil with potassium, iron, and calcium, thereby allowing the growing tomatoes to get nourishment throughout the season. This guide will show you how to use banana peels to grow your tomatoes.
Banana Peel to Attract Beneficial Insects
The sugar contains in banana peel is particularly attractive to pollinating insects such as butterflies or bees. You may know that pollination is an indispensable process for the reproduction of plants.
Banana peel is an excellent alternative to pesticides. For good results:
– Hang banana peels everywhere on the branches of fruit trees. In this way, the worms will be more attracted to the banana peel than the fruits.
– Remove the infested banana peels.
– Repeat the operation as many times as necessary.
Banana peels are biodegradable and break down quickly, so one of the best banana peels uses is to add them to the compost pile. Just make sure you add them chopped, or soaked or as a semi-solid slurry; do not add them whole as this will attract raccoons and skunks. The breakdown of them increases the potassium and phosphorus content of your compost.
DIY Banana Fertilizer
– banana peels
– egg shells
– coffee residue
What do you do:
Just place everything in the blender, close it, keep your hand on top and just mix it up for a minute or three. And you’re done!
Now you just pour the fertilizer you made in the watering can and add some extra water to it so that it’s more easy to spread where you want to spread it in the garden.