So, I love to save and repurpose a lot of the food scraps that I use. I’m not quite ready to set up a composting system at my house right now (I’ll wait until I move into my urban farm!), but some of the things I like to save are my coffee grounds, eggshells, and banana peels. Banana peels are one of the best things you can use to fertilize your plants with. Bananas contain potassium and calcium which your plants love! So after experimenting with a few methods, I’ve put together a list of different ways you can use your leftover banana peels:
- The Easiest. Just bury the whole banana peel into your garden!
- You can chop the peels into little pieces and bury them into your smaller potted plants. (And NO, they do not attract bugs! I was thinking the same thing, decomposing, sweet, banana peels in my houseplants? I learned they’re actually a natural insect repellent…)
- Brew a nutrient-rich tea to water your plants with. Place the peels in any glass jar/jug that you have, and fill the jar with water until the peels are fully submerged. Then letting it stew for 2 days. Use the tea to water your plants!
- You can then use the leftover peels in your soil. I also read that placing your chopped peels just below the soil line can deter aphids. I’ll definitely be trying this method on my next tomato plant! I had an aphid infestation with my last vegetable garden, and I literally cried when I had to give up and trash my crops.
- You can mix the tea with some eggshell powder(easy recipe to make your own coming soon), and use as a fertilizer spray.
- If you want to take it a step further, you can ferment the banana peels. Instead of brewing your banana tea for 2 days, you’re going to let it sit for about a week. I was feeling adventurous when I tried this recipe, but it definitely smelled and I don’t know if it really made a difference in my plants. So I’ll probably not be using this method often, but this concoction is said to be amazing for blooming plants!