12 amazing uses of Banana peels for Organic Farming

12 amazing uses of Banana peels for Organic Farming

Have you thrown Banana peels? Don’t waste over ripe bananas or the Peels, Bananas are a good source of phosphorus and high potassium for our body, and the peels do the same for our plants. 

Bananas are a rich source of organic matter so they add valuable minerals to the plants.  They decompose quickly, so simply cut them up and add them to the planting holes. Banana peels help in the fruit formation and plant strength.

Nevertheless, it allows the plants to prepare for the budding phase and  It is mineral-rich fruit and recycling the peels back into your garden saves money and returns these nutrients to the soil where they can benefit other plants too. So There is no waste in gardening.

Bananas are a rich source of organic matter so they add valuable minerals. So you can use banana peels as a soil amendment

Bananas are rich in minerals including Potassium, Phosphorus and Calcium.

Potassium is the key nutrient that plants need to form big and bright blooms. Potassium facilitates the transfer of nutrients and water between plant cells and protects them from diseases. And It helps to  build up resistance to pest and disease and it helps to develop fruits

Phosphorus is essential for good root and shoots growth, seed germination and viability, and strongly influences fruiting and flowering. And it is assisted with pollination. flowering fruit plants need phosphorus to produce many blooms and fruit.

Calcium is the best ingredient of cell walls concerned with root development and growing stem points. It helps to open up the soil to allow more oxygen.

These macro nutrients are vital for plant health and well being. 

Banana peels
Banana peels

Here are the 12 amazing uses of Banana Peels,you should know about!

1. Banana peel Fertilizer spray

Banana peels offer rich stores of essential nutrients to the soil. you just want to give your plants a nutrient boost, try making a fertilizer spray. 

You can use banana peels to make a spray to give a nutrient boost to your plants. 

1st recipe- You can make a spray by soaking banana peels in water for three days and then spray your plants or seedlings to add the needed nutrients. 

2nd recipe- You can create the fertilizer spray, you’ll need banana peels, Water and we add eggshells for a calcium boost and Epsom salt for magnesium.

  1. First, you need to dry the banana peels and eggshells,
  2. then once they’re dry, grind them together. then add the peels and shells to a spray bottle, along with the Epsom salt, and fill the sprayer to the top.
  3. Spray on your plants as needed. 

2.Add chopped banana peels directly to your plants

You can add banana peels directly to your plants, Here are the steps:

  1. First chop the banana peels into small pieces, By chopping them, boost the composting process, and release some of the beneficial vitamins and minerals in the peels to the soil.
  2. Then Let the chopped banana peels dry out in the sun under a strainer to dry out for a day or two into ‘banana chips‘. Or You can dry out the chopped banana pieces in an Oven and then use them. 
  3. Then Bury them in a garden from 4 inches down to just below the surface of the soil. 
  4. When the peels decompose, all the valuable vitamins in the peels will reach the roots, giving you plants a nutrient bump that will make them happy.
  5. This provides additional nutrients for the microbes, So, the nutrients can be absorbed by the plant.

3. Banana Peel Tea

Banana peels include nutrients that give your plants a mineral boost. 

Here are the steps for making banana peel tea,

  1. Fill a jar with water, and add a banana peel. Let it soak for 48 hours.
  2. After 2 days, discard the peel, leaving the water in your mason jar. Finally, when you water your plants you can spray banana tea to the plant beds.
  3. You can have a mineral-rich banana tea that will enrich your flower and vegetable beds with nutrients and promote vigorous growth. 

4. Create an insect trap

If flies are a problem, You can create a simple insect trap by using banana peels and apple cider vinegar. It’s eco friendly and easy to make,

It’s also a great way to reuse a disposable plastic container and keep it out of the landfills.

Following are the steps:

  1.  First, you need to cut the banana peels into small pieces.
  2. Then mix pieces of banana peels with the vinegar.
  3. Then get some Bottle and punch some holes, large enough to allow bugs to get through into your plastic container.
  4. Then pour your banana mixture into the container, and shake to mix and release the scent of the banana
  5. Finally, Place the container outside in your garden to keep down the insect population.

The scent of the Banana and Vinegar will attract insects, and they’ll enter through the holes and ultimately down and die in the liquid. 

5. Add the whole Banana peel to your plant bed

A very straightforward way to use banana peels in the garden is to add the whole peel to the soil when planting.

The seeds will get a nutrient boost at the start of their lives, which will translate into healthier plants and a better harvest. Here are the steps:

  1. First, when you plant your seeds, dig a hole couple of inches deep. Lay the peels flat in the hole, and add your seeds on the top. 
  2. Fill the hole in when you’re done laying the peels and the seeds.
  3. Then add overripe bananas or peels in the surface of the plant bed. It is preferable to increase the surface area for microbes.
  4. When the seeds germinate, form roots, and continue to grow, the peels will decompose, creating a rich fertilizer.
  5. This is a perfect fertilizer for flowering plants and fruit trees.

The fertilizing nature of banana peels makes them perfect as a soil amendment substance for preparing the garden beds with also nutritive nature. 

6. Dry the peels, then grind them into a fertilizer

Do you only have a few peels of banana? Don’t worry to use up but want to use them effectively on many plants, this is a great option.

you can dry your banana peels and grind them into fertilizer. 

Dry your banana peels. Once dry, grind the peels in a grinder. 

Add to your garden soil directly, either by sprinkling as a side dressing or gently incorporating into the dirt, making sure to avoid your plants’ roots.

7. Fermented banana peels for Bigger Blooms

  1. First Put your Banana peels in a glass bottle, and cover with enough water till they’re drowning. then put some sort of weight on the peels so they remain under the water.
  2. Then Cover the Jar with cloth and rubber band and Let the mixture sit for a week while the good bacteria does its job and unlocks the nutrients in the peel. 
  3. If you see a cloudy must, that’s ok. If you start to see black mould, you’ll have to throw it away and start again. As long as the peels are below the surface of the water, you’ll feel some strong smell.
  4. After a week, grind the peels by using a blender and save the water for other plants.
  5. Finally, Mix fermented banana peel mixed with water and spray it to the garden soil gently. adding water help to distribute it into the ground better.
  6. Use fermented banana peels in your garden for bigger blooms and healthier plants. This is particularly good for flowering plants also you can have healthy roses, but any flowering plant will benefit.
Fermented banana peels
Fermented banana peels

8. Toss leftover banana peels into a compost pile

You can toss your leftover peels in your compost pile.

After three or four weeks the peels will decompose and turn into rich compost.

You can use that compost when preparing your beds for planting, or when your plants begin to flower, side dress with the compost to help in fruit and vegetable development ,

It will give extra nutrients to your plants.

extra nutrients
Compost of banana peel

9. Create banana peel vinegar for acidic soil-loving plants

Banana vinegar gives extra nutrients to the plant it will give them the acidic soil they crave while unlocking the nutrients in the bananas for a healthier plant.

To create banana vinegar, 

  1. Same as Fermented banana peel recipe, First Put your Banana peels in a glass bottle, and cover with enough water till they’re drowning. then put some sort of weight on the peels so they remain under the water.
  2. Then Cover the Jar with cloth and rubber band and Let the mixture sit for a week while the good bacteria does its job and unlocks the nutrients in the peel. 
  3. Remove the peels After a week and allow the water to sit, covered, until the mixture ferments into a vinegar. 
  4. This can take at least 4-6 weeks, depending on conditions such as temperature.
  5. Let your nose tell you when it’s turned to vinegar, it will have that strong vinegar scent.
  6.  If the mixture seems powerful,  consider diluting it with an equal amount of water right before using, to avoid burning the plants.
  7. Vinegar, if used in small amounts, can increase acidity and enhance the iron content in the soil, allowing these acid-loving plants to grow better and develop healthy foliage. 

10. Attract Butterflies and Birds

Most Insect pollinators like beetles, flies, ants,  butterflies, honey bees and wasps of flowering plants attract Banana peel smell,

pollinators play a major role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables in the ecosystems.

So If You are putting out ripe banana peels on a raised platform, It’ll encourage birds and butterflies to attract in your garden

  • First You can chop banana peels into pieces or punch a few holes, to make the fruit more appealing and accessible to the insects.
  • Then you can place it on a platform above your plants.
  • But don’t forget to remove it just before sunset, otherwise, you may end up attracting the annoying endeavours.

11.Establish Your Air Plant on a Banana Peel

Many people like to hang air plants because of the little space and decorate their homes.
When you are setting a home decorative air plant, arrange a banana peel at its base. Lay them flat with the inside facing up and cover them with some soil and mulch.
Over time, the banana peel will release vital nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
The Banana peels will act as compost and decay to release a bunch of nutrients that will benefit the plants.

12. Feed Your Seedlings in a plant bed

First, you can be cutting banana peels into small pieces and bury them below the topsoil of the garden bed,

Otherwise you can bury them at the bottom of seed-starting containers.

This will give a higher boost of nutrients to the young plants.
Be aware that the seeds or seedlings aren’t touching the peels directly at the time of planting, as this might end up burning and damaging their tiny roots.

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