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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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


banana peels

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.


coffee grounds

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.  




egg shells

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.