A well-maintained garden is an asset really. Spending hours in your garden and taking care of the plants also mentally puts you in a happier place. When you have a beautiful garden, you will feel happier. You can meditate there, read a book there, or have a heart-to-heart conversation with your best friends. Now, there are many aspects of maintaining a proper garden at home. You need to water daily, check the scorching sun and hide some of the plants who can get burnt, and also apply fertilizer. Apart from the chemical fertilizers that work promises great growth, there are certain natural things also which brings shine to a garden. Banana peels are one of such things.
Bananas are a great source of potassium & phosphorus. Their peels also contain the same elements which work wonders for plants. These peels actually decompose quickly and provide necessary nutrient to the plants.
Read below to know how to use banana peels for a happy & glowing garden:
Chop & Add:
Once you and your family members are done with eating bananas, collect the peels. Now, chop them into ¼ inches pieces. Now you have to bury these peels 4 inches deep down into the soil. As you have to dig in 4 inches, so, make sure, you add banana peels before your plant the vegetables. As the banana peels decompose in due time, the vitamins will reach the roots and boost the great health of your plants.
Tea From Banana Peels:
You can use banana peels to make tea and this will be a great fertilizer for your plants. Your plants will receive major minerals from this tea. You just have to fill a mason jar or any other jar with water and add the banana peels. Now, rest this water for 2 days (48 hours). After 2 days, abandon the peels and pour the tea in a spray bottle. You can spray the leaves with this mixture and also mix it with normal water while watering your plant.
Add To Compost:
Adding banana peels to your compost will enrich your compost. So, when you will make the plant bed or when the plants start to flower, you can add this banana enriched compost. Your garden soil will get some extra nutrients and the result will be shown in the fruits and flowers!
Dried Banana Peel Fertilizer:
You can dry up the banana peels and then grind them into a powdered fertilizer. This will be really effective when you have fewer banana peels and you want to use them effectively on many plants. Once you grind them, then, sprinkle the powder fertilizer all over your garden.
Banana Peels & Egg Shells:
Banana peel tea as mentioned earlier is an amazing fertilizer. Here is another idea of natural fertilizer which you can make with eggshells and Epsom salt. Eggshells will provide calcium boost and Epsom salt will boost magnesium. You will require 4 Banana Peels, 1 tablespoon Epsom Salt, 3 Egg Shells, and an Empty Spray Bottle. Firstly, dry up the banana peels really well and then put them in a blender with the eggshells to make a fine powder. Now add Epsom salt to this mixture. Use a 32-ounce spray bottle and fill the mixture in it followed by water. Give a very nice mix until the dry ingredients dissolve completely. Use this wonderful fertilizer on your houseplants or garden plants. But do not spray directly onto plants that require direct sunlight. Spray into the soil around the plants.
Banana peels and apple cider vinegar can be used together to stop the insects from disturbing your plants in the garden. This is an eco-friendly way of combating the flies and insects. You have to use banana peels in small pieces and dip them in apple cider vinegar and properly shake the mixture to release the fragrance. Make holes in a plastic container so that the insects and bugs can enter and get trapped. Now pour this banana peels and vinegar mixture into this container and place it outside your garden to keep the insects away. But, this is a natural phenomenon and thus won’t solve the insect problem 100%. But at least be happy that there won’t be any harmful chemical spray in your garden!
For Air Plants:
When you are setting a decorative air plant, then, you can arrange a banana peel at its base. You must cover the base of the air plants with some mulch or moss to hide it and mount the entire plant over it. These effective banana peels will decompose eventually and provide the nutrients to the air plants.