Human-beings consume billions of bananas each year, making this peculiar yellow-fruit one of the most popular foods in the world. However, those billions of bananas we eat result in billions of banana-peels which are typically thrown away.
Did you know banana-peels make one of the best fertilizers out there? I didn’t until I started researching it.
Turns out, banana-peels are a rich source of nutrients your plants crave: Potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, along with a host of other minerals your plants need.
Here are 6 ways to recycle your banana-peels and never throw them away.
Probably the most popular and easiest use for banana-peels is to mix them into the compost-pile. Peels add potassium and phosphorus to compost which promote root-development and overall plant health when incorporated into garden-soil.
If you don’t have a compost-pile, you can still use banana-peels to feed your garden. Simply drop a few peels into a-bucket full of water and let it sit for a couple of days to make compost “tea.” Mix one-part banana-peel compost “tea” with five-parts fresh-water and feed this mineral-rich mixture to your plants about once per-week in lieu of your normal watering. The added potassium and phosphorus will give your plants a-boost to keep them growing-strong.
you can dry your banana-peels and grind them into a fertilizer. If you only have a few peels to use-up, but want to use them effectively on many plants, this is a great option. Add to your garden-soil directly, either by sprinkling as a side dressing or gently incorporating into the-dirt.
this spray is a fertilizer that also uses eggshells for a calcium-boost and Epsom-salt for magnesium. To create the fertilizer spray, you’ll need banana-peels, egg-shells, Epsom-salt, and water.
Dry the banana-peels and egg-shells, then once they’re dry, grind them together. Add the peels and shells to a spray-bottle, along with the Epsom-salt, and fill the sprayer to the top. Spray on your-plants as needed.
Humans are not the only ones who enjoy bananas. Livestock like chickens, rabbits, and pigs will enjoy ground-up dried banana-peels added to their feed. Just make sure to clean the peels of any wax or pesticides before drying and offering them to pets or livestock.
And 6. Create-banana-peel-vinegar
Blueberries and other acid loving plants will enjoy a treat of banana-vinegar. Put your peels in a mason-jar, and cover with enough water so they’re submerged. Cover with cloth and rubber-band or a loosely fitting-top. Let the mixture sit for a week while the good-bacteria does its job and unlocks the nutrients in the peel.
After a week, remove the peels, and allow the water to sit, covered, until the mixture ferments into a vinegar. This can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks, depending on conditions such-as temperature.
If the mixture seems especially potent, dilute it with water right before using so you don’t accidentally burn your plants.
Now, if You know Any other uses of banana-peels, please share them in the comments below.
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