Saturday, March 1, 2014
what does a banana and coffee grounds have in common?
well maybe BUT I save BOTH of them for FREE fertilizer for the garden.
the banana peels and the used coffee grounds are both excellent sources of good things (as are also eggshells- placed on top around the plant the eggshells do double duty- they compost AND the bugs dont like the sharp edges so stay away from the stem of your plants)
my roses will love the coffee grounds
the vegetables will love the banana peels for potassium
once I eat my breakfast banana, I take the peel and chop it into about 1 inch pieces. then I put them in a zippy bag in the freezer
they will turn black but it doesn't matter. in the freezer they will keep until the Spring when I plant. When I get ready, I will thaw them out, dig the hole for the plant, plop in a few banana peels, add the plant and cover with soil. this gives them a nice boost. during the summer I can also throw some around the top of the plant and let it compost into the soil too.
the coffee grounds will be rose fertilizer. I have one full peanut butter jar and one started. I just love being able to do something "gardeny" before the season. makes me think SPRING and WARM weather.
I will also use some of both of these when I plant my tier planters of lettuce and herbs.
I wanted to share it with you in case you too are considering some gardening.......
see? new bananas are yellow and will turn brown. just mark the bag so it doesn't get thrown out on you!