Wednesday—Good For The Garden
Back to basics: 3 kitchen scraps that are great for your garden!
|Cool weather lettuces, herbs & marigolds in our round planter|
Slice into small strips & add to the compost.
Banana peels break down quickly & add calcium, magnesium, sulphur, phosphates, potassium & sodium.
Good food for fruiting plants.
Earthworms love the organic matter.
Acts as a general fertilizer, improving drainage, water retention & soil aeration.
Adds nitrogen to acid-loving plants, like rhododendrons, azaleas & blueberries.
Mix 4 to 1 with leaves (4 parts leaves to 1 part coffee grounds). This prevents mold bloom & balances the natural high acidity of the grounds. Throw in a handful of wood ash to help raise the pH.
Rinse out shells & allow them to dry on a paper plate for a few days. Crush into tiny pieces.
Improves drainage & adds calcium to the soil.
Slow composting. Allow a year for shells to break down.
Promotes plant cell growth & helps prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes, peppers & squash.
Good deterrent for slugs & snails. Scatter generously around seedlings and ground-level fruits & veggies. Crawly bugs don't like the sharp edges.