Put Banana Peels in Your Garden

Have you ever considered putting banana peels into your soil for better gardening results?

tomatoesHave you ever considered putting banana peels into your soil for better gardening results? About nine years ago we got together with our neighbors and decided to plant a vegetable garden for the neighborhood kids to learn how to grow a garden. They all came out on a Saturday afternoon and planted all the plants and seeds. I crafted a sprinkler for the whole area and we watered everything in. Two weeks later the kids were completely over the gardening thing and we took over the duty of tending it. Every year since then we have continued to try and reap a few dollars worth of veggies from the soil with not a lot of expense involved.

Each year we would add more soil amendments to the area, cow manure, peat moss, leaves, top soil, fertilizer and such to try and get the best yield we possibly could. We experimented with a variety of different things instead of just tomatoes and peppers. We tried watermelons, cantaloupes, eggplant, cucumbers and squash to name a few. Most of these were not very successful, as they require a lot of water. It also gets hot early in the season here in Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, Florida.

This year a few weeks before it was time to get the garden prepared for planting I read a post that said to save all of your banana peels in the freezer, and when it was time to plant put a few peels in the ground, under the plants and then cover with dirt. We diligently saved all our banana peels, which was quite a few as I love bananas. When it came time to cultivate the garden we went outside and planted everything as pretty as could be. When we got all done I watered everything in and we waited for the first signs of huge tomatoes and peppers. After going back inside the house I went to make something cold to drink and realized that we had totally forgotten about the banana peels- they were still in baggies in the freezer!

Still determined to see if they would have any effect on the garden I pulled out the handy dandy food processor and chopped them up into little pieces. A couple of days later my wife took them out and sprinkled them all around every plant. She smelled like bananas for two days!

I don’t know why, but we now are the proud owners of the most beautiful tomatoes and peppers we have ever had. They are all ready full of fruit and have lots of buds on them with more showing up every day. Our neighbors stop all the time just to admire them and comment on how big and bushy they are.

I researched banana peels and gardening and found that the bananas contain a lot of potassium and are great to add to your compost pile. I have become a firm believer in banana peels as a soil additive to all plants. As a matter of fact I am already saving all of them for a fall garden.

We can all use a little help with our grocery bill, and not only are veggies expensive, but when you go outside and pick them right before you need them from your own garden it makes it so much more enjoyable. Go Bananas Go!

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4 Comments

  1. Jacktar

    It would probaly make the critturs slip up if they try to steel your crops. Bon chance guys

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  3. marleneaffeld

    Great idea to add bannan peels to the garden. I put all fruits and vegtables except citrus in the compost pile.

  4. marleneaffeld

    Great idea to add bannan peels to the garden. I put all fruits and vegtables except citrus in the compost pile.

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