Compost makes perfect soil for your plants – plus, it lowers how much trash is sent to landfills, and the amount of destructive methane emissions that go into our atmosphere. But not everyone has the time, space, or motivation to have an outdoor compost pile or worm bin. Fortunately, you can still reap the benefits of natural fertilizer just by stepping into your kitchen. With these three food scraps you can provide nourishment for your houseplants and optimize their growth.
Compost Solutions Straight from Your Kitchen
- Banana Peel: The disposable skin of bananas is full of potassium, which promotes flower and fruit growth in plants. This is a safe alternative to fertilizers that contain chemicals. Just put the entire peel under the soil of your plant near the roots or even on top of the soil and allow it to decompose. You may even want to liquefy the banana peel in a blender mixed with water before pouring it onto your plant. This will help keep the pests away.
- Coffee Grounds: You’re not the only one who can benefit from coffee! Plants need the nitrogen and minerals in used coffee grounds to improve their growth. You can also find calcium, copper, and potassium in coffee grounds, which can help sustain plant growth. Begin by mixing small amounts into your plants – start with one tablespoon for pots and one cup for gardens. To ensure you don’t promote the growth of mold, you may want to dry out your coffee grounds first. Before watering, sprinkle the coffee grounds around the plant. This will cause nitrogen to release slowly. For a fast-acting liquid fertilizer, dilute the grounds with water.
- Eggshells: After cooking up some scrambled eggs, be sure to save the eggshells to feed your plants! The shells provide a boost in calcium, which is great for vegetable gardens and outdoor trees.To start, dry out the eggshells. Then crush or blend them until they have a powder-like consistency. Now just sprinkle the powder around your plants. It’s as simple as that.
Now that you’re plants are growing at their greatest potential, it’s important to keep them healthy by keeping pests, mold, and mildew far away. To do this, regularly apply Green Thumb to your plants. This product contains all-natural ingredients that will deter any insects or diseases while benefiting your foliage and keeping your loved ones safe from harsh chemicals found in other products.