Bananas are prized for the amount of phosphorus and potassium found in them. They also taste good. It’s great to eat them on their own or add them to breakfast, snack, or dessert. I love eating them with oats. But did you know peels are also helpful for gardening? They can serve as an organic, side-dressing treatment for most landscape and garden plants. For this thing, why not make uses of the peels from bananas we eat every day?
In this post, we’re glad to share 14 amazing uses of banana peels for your garden. As these peels decompose quickly and easily, they do good for the environment. If you prefer organic gardening methods, you should never skip this post. They surely help your garden plants. People who have just started their garden should also give these a look. These banana peel treatments are cheap, safe, and effective. Nothing is better than that.
#1 Spray-On Fertilizer
Why not feed banana peels to plants? This superfood is used as a substitute for chemical fertilizers. As they’re quick to rot, if you bury them, they offer rich stores of essential nutrients to the soil. You can also use them to make a foliar spray to give a nutrient boost to your plants.
#2 Brew a Compost Tea
It’s easy to make your own mineral-rich banana tea from its peels. Drop some banana peels to a bucket filled with water and let it stay put for a few days. This helps enrich your flower and vegetable beds with nutrients and promotes vigorous growth.
#3 Encourage Blooming in Plants
The potassium found in banana peels is the key nutrient that plants need to form big and bright blooms. You can make fermented banana peel mix for plants.
#4 Fortify Your Soil
You can definitely give a direct jolt of nourishment to your garden soil by planting a banana peel or two in it. Just dip 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.
#5 Make a Fruit Fly Trap
Looking for a chemical-free method to repel flies in your garden? Banana peels come as a rescue. All it takes is to chop it up, place it in a plastic container, and pour in some apple cider vinegar. Then punch some holes in the lid large enough to allow the entry of fruit flies. The scent of the mixture will attract them, and they’ll enter through the holes and ultimately down and die in the liquid.
#6 Aphid Control
To repel aphids in your garden plants, you may try with your banana peels. Just cut-up banana peels or use dried banana pieces for this. Either drape or dig the cut-up peel or dried pieces 2.5–5 centimeter (1 -2 inches) deep into the ground around the base of the affected plant
#7 Add to Compost
As banana peels are biodegradable and break down quickly, they’re perfect to add to your garden compost pile. Just be sure that you add them chopped, or soaked or as a semi-solid slurry. Otherwise, this will attract raccoons and skunks. The breakdown of them increases the potassium and phosphorus content of your compost.
#8 Attract Butterflies and Birds
There is a simple way to attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Put out ripe banana peels on a raised platform. Or, you can also chop them into pieces or punch a few holes, to make the fruit more appealing and accessible to the insects. Also, don’t forget to remove it just before sunset, else you may end up attracting the pesky nocturnal invaders.
#9 Fertilizer Air Plants
If you spray epiphytic perennials like Staghorn ferns and Elk Horn with banana fertilizer, they will get their requisite dose of nutrients for growth and survival.
#10 Feed Your Plants Banana Vinegar
A quick spray of banana vinegar will do good to acid-loving plants like gardenias, rhododendrons, blueberries, and azaleas. If used in small amount, this vinegar can increase acidity and enhances the iron content in the soil, allowing these acid-loving plants to grow better and develop healthy foliage.
#11 Prepare Your Garden Bed
You can use banana peels to prepare your garden bed. The fertilizing and nutritive nature of banana peels makes them perfect as a soil amendment substance for preparing the garden beds. Just chop them up and toss them into the tilled soil.
#12 Establish Your Air Plant on a Banana Peel
Why don’t you arrange a banana peel at the base of decorative air plants? Cover it with some mulch or moss to hide it and mount the entire plant over it. The peels will serve as compost and decay to release a bunch of nutrients that will benefit the plants.
#13 Fertilize Tomato Plants
Using banana peel fertilizer for tomato plants is a good way to thrive and produce the harvest prolifically. These peels enrich the soil with potassium, iron, and calcium, thereby allowing the growing tomatoes to get nourishment throughout the season.
#14 Feed Your Seedlings
All it takes is to 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. This will give a much-needed boost of nutrients to the young plants.