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What to do with Banana Peels

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

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Bananas are a fruit that come in a many different shapes, sizes and colors when ripe. Bananas grow in over 100 countries. Most people eat bananas and dispose of the peel; you can also use the entire fruit, peel and all. Banana peels just like the banana inside, are rich in potassium, calcium and vitamin D. They are amazing for plants, skin and teeth. Banana peels can be used for a variety of different things.

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First cut up, or wiz in the blender, the banana peels. Pour the mixture into a large 30-gallon garbage bag or bucket. Mix in some shredded newspaper (Make sure there are no airbrushed pages or magazines), leaves of any kind, grass clippings, broken twigs and weeds to the bag. You can also add your regular bio-waste like egg shells and other peels and skins. Make sure there is enough material in the bag or bucket to fill at least half of it.

Upturn the bag (sealed) or bucket and shake it well to mix up all the stuff. Pour some water (preferably used but with no soap ie: coffee, or leftover tea) into the bag or bucket and mix well to add moisture to the compost. Poke or drill a couple small holes in the bottom of the bag or bucket to allow the water to leave the bucket or bag. If the water sits, it will cause faster rotting, which you DON'T want. Put a tray underneath the bag or bucket and let it collect the water. You can use this water on your plants, as it is good fertilizer all by itself.

Dump the insides of the garbage bag or bucket into your compost bin. Gently lift small areas of the mixture to create air pockets. This minimizes smell and allows worms to move about freely in the mixture. Buy from any general, corner, or fishing store about 50 red worms to put in the bin. The worms will break down the organic matter into great compost and fertilizer. Make sure you drill a couple holes in the top of the bin for aeration.

After about two months, separate the compost bedding and the dark brown worm castings. Shift the bedding to one side of the bin, and add new bedding to the other side. Wait one week for the worms to go from the finished compost to the new bedding. You can now remove the finished compost. Every two months you can repeat, so that the worms constantly produce new compost out of the bedding.

Mix the compost in with potting soil for use with household or patio plants. The compost can also be sprinkled on the lawn or used directly in the garden. It is wonderful for your plants!

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Comments

Apr 30, 2010 9:13pm
eileen
They are great for the garden, we normally just throw the skins in the garden and mix them with the weeds to rot. But then we are lazy gardeners too. But love our vegie garden it is full of worms. Great article and good idea. thanks for sharing
Sep 28, 2010 9:29pm
mcimicata
Very good article that has all of the features that readers look for including accurate content, interesting information, and great ideas!
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