The Environmental Protection Agency states that “when food decomposes in a landfill, methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted.”
That is why it is critical to strive to reduce food waste by repurposing the peels, cores, and other components of fruits and vegetables that we normally discard.
You may, for example, revive your garden with only a few banana peels. Like the inside, the outside of a banana is excellent for the environment.
They make great fertilizer because banana peels include minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It’s also really simple to convert them into plant food.
Collect your banana peels in a reusable bag throughout the week while you snack on them and use them to make delicious banana bread.
Then, slice up the peels, being careful not to remove any fruit stickers that may be adhering to them. Toss the chopped peels into a covered water container for a few days, filter the mixture, and water your plants with nutrient-infused water. The solid portions can be composted or buried in your garden.
Cut Banana Peels into Chunks or Use Them as Mulch
There are a few ways to maximize the gardening potential of banana peels. One way includes drying chopped-up peels in the sun or a low-temperature oven, then mixing the resulting chips into the ground of your garden. This will aid in the incorporation of nutrients into the soil.
It is crucial to note that if you dry your banana peels in the oven, make sure to leave the oven door open to allow air to flow.
To make things even easier, banana peels can be used as mulch without having to cut them up. Place the peels around the base of your plants, providing enough space for them to grow.
Then, sprinkle regular mulch over the peels to keep insects and other pests at bay. The banana peels will degrade over time, becoming plant food in the process.
If you have a tiny garden and can’t justify buying a huge bag of fertilizer, you can use banana peels to help your plants thrive. It’s also a lot less expensive.
If you still have a lot of peels, one of the simplest ways to use up vegetable waste is to throw them in the compost.
And the next time you utilize banana peels to help your garden thrive, consider it a snack for Mother Earth.
Thanks for reading. I hope you find it helpful.