Banana is one of the easiest fruits to eat and it is a good source of phosphorus and potassium. Just as the fruit is good for our health, the peel does the same to plants. Banana peel decomposes very quickly and can be very useful for your garden.
Here are 10 banana peel uses in the garden we should all know:
1. Spray-on fertilizer
Many people use banana peels as a substitute for chemical fertilizers. The peels are very quick to rot, hence will offer essential nutrients when used as a foliar spray. Foliar feeding is a technique of applying liquid fertilizer directly to your plants’ leaves.
You can add banana peels, salt, egg shells and water into a container and directly spray them on the leaves.
2. Compost pile
Banana peels are biodegradable and break down quite quickly. So one of the best ways is to add them to a compost pile. Just make sure that they’re chopped first or soaked or as a semi-solid slurry. Do not add banana peels as a whole as it will attract raccoons and skunks.
The breakdown will increase potassium and phosphorus content of your compost.
3. Fertilize tomato plants
The tomato plant is easy to grow but you definitely need banana peels if you want your plants to thrive and produce the harvest prolifically. Potassium, iron, and calcium in banana peels will allow tomato plants to get nourishment throughout the season.
Just place two banana peels into the bottom of the hole and add back the soil to cover the peels. You can then place the tomato seed on the top of the covered banana peels.
4. Seedling fertilizerAs the peels can promote plant growth, it will be good as seedling fertilizer. Cut up a few banana peels into tiny pieces and bury them in the soil, just below the topsoil of the garden bed, or at the bottom of seed-starting containers.
Make sure that the seeds or seedlings are not touching the peels directly at the time of planting as it might end up burning and damaging their tiny roots.
5. Fortify soil
Give a direct jolt of nourishment to your garden soil by planting a banana peel or two in it. Dig up a trench three inches deep and long enough to accommodate the peels. Lay them flat with the inside facing up and cover them with some soil. Over time, they will release vital nutrients such as iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
6. Aphid control
Cut-up banana peels or use dried banana pieces for this. Drape or dig the cut-up or dried pieces 1 to 2 inches deep into the ground around the base of the affected plant. The aphids will soon be gone as they were said to detest the smell of ripe banana.
Just hang it like that will do too.
7. Banana vinegar
Acid-loving plants like gardenias, rhododendrons, blueberries, and azaleas benefit from a quick spray of banana vinegar. Vinegar can increase the acidity and enhances the iron content in the soil if used in a small amount—allowing the plants to grow better and develop healthy foliage. You can make this in a duration of two months by combining banana peels, water, and vinegar starter.
If the concoction has a strong smell of vinegar, dilute it with an equal amount of water to avoid burning the plants.
8. Compost tea
If you are lack of compost pile, it shouldn’t deter you from feeding organic fertilizer to your garden. Simply drop some banana peels to a bucket of water and let it stay put for a few days.
You will get a mineral-rich banana tea that will enrich your flower and vegetable beds with nutrients and promote vigorous growth.
9. Fruity trap
Fruit flies are always a problem when it comes to keeping fruits in the house. You can chop banana peels, place it in a plastic container and pour in some apple cider vinegar. Punch some holes in the lid, large enough to allow fruit flies to enter. The scent of vinegar and banana will attract them and they will enter the container. The fruit flies will eventually die in the liquid.
10. Attract butterflies and birds
Birds and butterflies are sometimes useful for plant pollination. By putting ripe banana peels on a raised platform or chopping banana peels into pieces, it can encourage birds and butterflies in your garden. Banana is likely to draw in bees, wasps, and caterpillars as well, so make sure to place it on a platform above your plants.
Don’t forget to remove them before sunset to avoid attracting pesky nocturnal invaders into your garden.
There’s a lot of tips we can try!
Credit: Balcony Garden Web