Banana peel fertilizer - a way to make beautiful plants at home and in the garden. We explain how to make and use it, on which plants to apply it.
Banana peel fertilizer can be used to feed garden and potted plants, as well as to keep aphids away. Here are some recipes for banana peel fertilizer and what to look out for when preparing it.
Natural methods of fertilizing plants have recently become more and more popular. We are therefore following with interest all the new developments in this field and are eager to verify their effects in practice. One of these interesting proposals is fertilizer made from banana peels. Usually we throw away the peels after eating the fruit, but this is a mistake because we lose an excellent raw material for fertiliser.
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Banana peels as a natural fertilizer
Banana peels are a treasure trove of many minerals and organic compounds that are valuable plant food. They contain a lot of potassium and phosphorus (especially important for flowering plants and tomatoes), but also magnesium, calcium, sulphur and silicic acid.
Therefore, instead of throwing the peelings in the bin, let's use them to feed the plants. We can do this in different ways - recipes can be found in the gallery .
Keep this in mind before using banana peels
However, before you decide to use banana peels in your home and garden, you should wash the fruit very thoroughly before peeling, and ideally leave it for about 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water and baking soda (about 2 teaspoons of baking soda to 1 litre of water), which will help to remove the chemicals that bananas are 'packed' with during the production process.
Otherwise, the chemicals will end up in the soil and threaten the health of the plants. If we use "banana" fertilizers containing toxins to feed useful plants (mainly those with a short growing season, such as lettuce or herbs), the chemicals can also end up in our bodies.
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Organic bananas are worth buying
Such a risk does not exist for organically grown bananas, where the use of "chemicals" for fruit production is highly limited (no pesticides are used in cultivation, which is replaced by agro-technical procedures and organic fertilizers and plant protection products). Thanks to this, their peels are much "healthier" than those of mass-produced fruit (of course, such bananas will also be healthier for us).
Although organic fruits are slightly more expensive than traditional fruits, their peels can be safely used to fertilize all plants, including those intended for consumption.See in the gallery how to prepare different fertilizers from banana peels and how to use them.