Monday, April 30, 2012

Ruby red/rednesday: Banana peel experiment.

This Room 16 in Pt Chevalier School under their teacher Keren and Sophie carried out an experiment using banana peels to fertilise their garden.

It encouraged the kids to save up their peels and learn that waste can be good for the world and the environment. You can judge at the bountiful harvest of tomatoes and zuchinnis.

Banana peels are a form of "green" compost that can be used in a vegetable garden. They will break down and provide added potassium to the soil and help in plant growth by providing needed nutrients.

Bananas are rich in both phosphorus and potassium which are important macro-nutrients plants need. Rose bushes in particular benefit from added potassium; however, all potassium fertilizers are extremely expensive. Banana peels are a natural source of the phosphorus and potassium found in expensive fertilizers, but why buy when making your own banana fertilizer is as easy as tossing the skins?

Was the experiment a success? You judge for yourself.

What do you think?

Read more: How to Use Bananas as Fertilizer |

Read more: Can I Put Banana Peels in the Vegetable Garden? | Garden Guides

Composting is not new, I used to chop up banana peels and other fruit peels.

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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm so glad to see "waste" becoming new fruits and veggies!

Ruby Flowers

Lina Gustina said...

I should try this!

maria said...

The tomatoes look so plump. First time I've heard of banana peels as fertilizer. I should tell my mom about this. Thanks for sharing. Happy RT2!

Mine's here.

J.Rylie.C said...

Oh wow, blooming already? Me, my brother and Mom planted some corn yesterday. I hope that it grows.

Rubies at my site. Please come see.

EJ said...

Nothing can beat fresh tomatoes and veggies.

Your comment will be greatly appreciated at my Ruby entry. Thanks!

Ginny Hartzler said...

It was a big success! I figured bananas would be so good for this.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Fresh and healthy!

Ruby Tuesday at my page. Have a great day!

Healthytips said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more information about banana peels. Please keep sharing.
Health Is A Life

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