Friday, June 29, 2018

Banana Peel Compost Tea Garden Fertilizers

As anyone who has watched “Back the Future” a million+ times knows, banana peels make terrific fuelBut even better than adding them to the Mr. Fusion unit on your time traveling DeLorean, you can add them as fuel for your garden. That’s right, compost those slimy banana peels and make your little green friends happy!
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Banana Peel Nutrients

Bananas are a super food, and the peels are loaded with nutrients that your vegetation craves. First and foremost of these is, of course, potassium. Potassium greatly helps your plant’s overall strength. It makes the cell walls more robust on the fruit. I also helps generate stronger plant stems and promotes healthy root development.
Phosphorus has the next highest mineral concentration in banana peels. That’s great, because your garden loves phosphorus! Phosphorus is vital for vigorous plants. It aids germination, healthy roots, and strengthening production of blooms, pollen, and fruits. 
Not to be forgotten, peels also contain calcium and magnesium. These are important in your garden’s healthy development. Banana peels do NOT contain nitrogen. But the calcium helps make nutrients in the soil, such as nitrogen, more available to plants.
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Our Vintage canning label is a great match for banana compost tea! 


How to Make Banana Peel Fertilizers

How do you transport all those amazing nutrients from your kitchen to your garden? While you could individually chuck banana peels on your garden, there are more efficient methods. Try making a compost tea or a dry fertilizer.
Banana peel compost tea is simple to produce. Keep a pitcher of water in your fridge filled about 3/4 full. Whenever you eat a banana, deposit the peel into the pitcher. Keep up this process until the container is full (or after about a week). Then strain the liquid into a new container. Put the peels aside, you can still use them! Clean the pitcher out and start the exercise all over again. The tea is nutrient-rich because the liquid has been slowly leeching Potassium, Phosphorus and nutrients out of the peels. In this form it is too concentrated, so you need to dilute it before putting it on your garden. One cup of tea per gallon of water should do the trick. Apply to the base of your garden plants and watch them thrive.
Okay, so you’ve made your pungent tea and now you have a bunch of slimy-gross banana peels leftover. That’s great! Take those peels and make more food for your plants! The easiest way would be to toss the peels into your compost bin. But if you want a quick fertilizer, put the peels into your blender with some water to make a puree fertilizer. Or you can try the powdered banana peel route so you can use them later. Use a food dehydrator to dry the peels (usually about 8-10 hours at 160ºF). Or place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake them in the oven (extra low temperature) for about 8-10 hours. You can also let them bake in the sun. Once they are dry, chop them as fine as possible in a food processor or coffee grinder. Then you can add some PBP (powdered banana peel) to your new seeds or seedlings when you are planting.
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How to Use Banana Peel Fertilizers

Add one cup of banana tea per gallon of water. Apply to the base of your garden plants and watch them thrive. Add some dried banana peel (powdered or cut pieces) to your new seeds or seedlings when you are planting. Some gardeners also use fresh banana peels in their garden. Burying them deeper around plants will help keep animals and pests away. The peels break down quickly, so plants are able to use the nutrients sooner. Just make sure the soil is moist so the peels can break down.
Banana peels are not a complete fertilizer! So don’t use them alone, especially if your plants need a lot of nitrogen. They work great for potassium-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers. To get the most out of peels, compost them with nitrogen-rich materials. 

 

Use Banana Peels as an Aphid Pest Repellant

Banana peels are also helpful for deterring aphids on plants. Aphids hate the smell of banana apparently. While adding peels around plants should help deter aphids, spraying a plant with the tea should help protect it more. Dilute the banana tea with water at a 5:1 ratio (5 parts water with 1 part tea). Spray the leaves and stems with the solution. The spray will also help feed your plants.  
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How I'll Use Banana Peels in MY Garden

I plan to use the banana peel fertilizers for my tomatoes and garlic. The peel fertilizers will be great for tomato plants since they don’t need much nitrogen. Potassium is a must for increasing the size of garlic bulbs. During the growing season, garlic also needs lots of Nitrogen which isn't in banana peels. However, Nitrogen supplementation needs to stop in the late spring or early summer before the scapes appear. Otherwise, there will be leaf growth at the expense of the bulb. So since there isn’t Nitrogen in the peels, it should be good to use after the scapes appear. This is my first year growing garlic, so I hope to have big bulbs with the help of these peels.
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Do you use banana peels in your garden? If so, have you tried them fresh, composted, or as a tea fertilizer? What results have you seen?

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more information about banana peels. Please keep sharing.
    Health Is A Life

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  2. Is there any danger in putting too much banana peel tea in the soil of my cherry tomato plants? Is there such a thing as too much potassium?

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    1. yes, Potassium toxicity is rare but can occur

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    2. While normally not absorbed excessively by plants. Excess potassium can aggravate the uptake of magnesium, manganese, zinc and iron. ... Toxicity: Leaf size will be reduced and overall growth will be stunted. Leaves yellowing or scorched at edges.

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  3. I made Banana liquid fertilizer in dark container. after 21 days removed peels. Liquid was leftout more than 2 months. i noticed white layer probably fungus on top of water.

    Is it okay to use the liquid?

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    1. I've gotten mold on my tea if I left the peels in the jar too long. You can compost that or try straining it to use. Liquid should be kept refrigerated.

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  4. How long does the tea last if refrigerated?

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    1. I usually keep my banana tea in the fridge about a week to steep. The I've had it last another week in the fridge after straining the peels out. If it's stored longer than that, I have had it mold. If that happens, I just toss in the compost.

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  5. I was wondering, when the banana water is done being made and you disgard the peels, do I keep the banana water in the fridge or can I keep it at room temperature?

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    1. Yes, keep the water refrigerated & use it within a week, otherwise it may start to mold. You can add your peels to the compost or in the soil around plants.

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