A natural fertilizer found right in your kitchen, banana peels have many benefits for your household our outdoor plants.
Some life updates first. Remember the stomach issues I told you about where I ended up having to go to the ER? After a couple of tests that came back normal we don’t really know what happened and why that severe pain happened twice. As long as it doesn’t come back I’m fine with never knowing.
Wedding planning is still underway. No more huge developments yet but we did pick out our cake topper, wedding favors and I think I know kinda/sorta what I want my wedding hairstyle to look like. If you have any tips for styling thin hair can you please shoot them my way?
Wade got a new job! Finally, after 5 months, after getting laid off, he’s a working member of society again. And we celebrated our 6 year anniversary of dating on November 13th. 6 years…time flies. One minute you’re going on your first date and the next you’re adopting plants and naming them like family.
Have you met Marco? He’s our lemon tree. Marco the Meyer lemon tree. I mentioned Marco when I made that delicious Jalapeño lemonade sweetened with coconut sugar. Wade and I purchased him from a nursery a little over a year ago. We actually have three plants – Howard the houseplant, Florence the fern, and Marco. At the time Marco was a third the size he is now and only had two to three small lemons beginning to grow.
Since then Marco has grown up to be a big healthy boy with lots of lemons! I promise the lemons do turn yellow eventually, they just take their sweet-ass time.
The thing is, citrus trees can be a little finicky. Particularly with their fertilizer. But as it turns out, lemon peels can be a great natural fertilizer for citrus trees. And it just so happens that I produce a lot of banana peels in our house because I eat one to two bananas a day.
How do bananas help boost Marco the Meyer lemon tree?
Bananas and their peels are rich in minerals. Take potassium for example: not only does potassium help a plant build up resistance to pests and disease, it is also involved in regulating around 50 enzymes in a plant.
Banana peels also ward off aphids so if you happen to have a plant that is prone to aphids – I suggest trying this natural fertilizer.
You can use fresh banana peels or even ones that have been sitting in your fridge/freezer for a few days. I used one of each. Maybe you have some leftover banana peels from making my bourbon banana coconut chocolate chip muffins?
Chop up the banana peels into small pieces. The smaller you chop them the faster they will break down to start fertilizing the plant.
Move some soil around and sprinkle the chopped banana peel pieces evenly over the area of ground surrounding the plant. Cover the peel back up with soil.
And that’s it! Water plant on a normal schedule and wait until you can enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended).
What are you guys doing for Thanksgiving? Wade and I are actually doing our own little meal to ourselves this year for the first time. If you have any recommendations on dishes for two for Thanksgiving I’d love to hear ’em.
To my American friends, hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out Loud and Heather for Friday Favorites
Have you ever tried a fertilizer straight from your kitchen?
Do you name your plants?