Just a silly thought turned question. Where I live the soil is empty of
almost everything plants need to grow. I was thinking about nothing as I
went to get a banana from the kitchen.
The banana's are nicely ripe. The thought popped into my head that
instead of throwing over ripe bananas away I could peel them and mix the
mush into soil around plants and bushes? Any thoughts or experience doing
i worm compost veggie and fruit scraps and
that makes great plant food. all banana peels
go in there and the worms take care of them.
it also takes care of all paper scraps we have
so that works great for adding stuff back to
bananas are edible even if the outer peel is
black, many people use them when they get over-
ripe to make banana bread or muffins. i like
using them as a fish sauce, mix with a little
honey, vinegar, ginger and blend until smooth,
but there are other uses (smoothies).
yes, i like sweet and sour together, lemon juice is
good too instead of or even along with the vinegar,
you don't need much of either to get the sour. i
never measure this out, but it is about 1 tsp of
vinegar to tablespoon of honey for each banana.
adjust to your own preferences is the standard
sometimes i'll slice bananas and put the honey,
lemon, vinegar and some cinamon and stir until
everything is coated and eat them like that.
Thanks, for a very interesting article.
For those that don't follow links, this should be of interest:
Unlike Clopyralid, which survives the heat, most chemicals used in
lawn care and agriculture break down completely enough to satisfy
I found this on Clopyralid, the problem chemical:
Clopyralid is known for its ability to persist in dead plants and
compost, and has accumulated to phytotoxic levels in finished compost
in a few highly publicized cases. This first came to light in
Washington State when, during 2000 and 2001, residues of clopyralid
were detected in commercial compost, and compost made at a municipal
site damaged tomatoes and other garden plants planted in it. Word
quickly spread to other local and state governments and in 2002,
DowAgro, the manufacturer of clopyralid, voluntarily deregistered it
for use on domestic lawns in the US and it is banned in several US
states but it is found in consumer products in Europe such as Scotts
Verdone Extra and Vitax Lawn Clear 2.
if you're worried about pesticides in bananas
harming your compost you could always buy organic
i've been worm composting banana peels for years
now and the worms take care of them fairly quickly.
if you bury them in the bins they don't smell or
cause any issues apart from the common sense ones
you'll develop as you learn how to worm compost.
the issues of fermenting and causing problems
would be if you put a huge amount of them in a
very small bin all at once which can overload it.
but if you have that much to do you can refrigerate
it or freeze chunks of it and add it over time to
give the system time to digest it.
my response here to peak demand loads is to
keep enough bins of worms to handle them. so when
Ma decides to make fruit salad for a hundred i
have enough bins to put all the scraps in at one
shot. no smell, no mess, just some time spent
cutting things up so they fit and the worms take
care of it all in a few days or a few weeks/months
depending upon what it is (melon rinds are gone
within days, pineapple tops and cores may take a
Much of what folks compost over time I compost in less than 24
hours... everything that vegetarian critters eat goes on the lawn in
my back yard... amazing how much kitchen scrap and garden waste deer,
Canada geese, woodchucks, rabbits, and other critters will process
into fertilizer within hours... even meat fat/trimmings are composted;
crows miss nothing. My composter handles what critters won't eat;
coffee grounds, tea bags, onion trimmings, potato parings, citrus,
berry cores, grape stems, and many other items, even shredded paper. I
don't put melon rinds in my composter, during warm weather melon rinds
are a good source of water for many critters, even song birds. Banana
peels take too long to compost and critters won't eat them, those get
tossed into a hedgerow or under a spruce tree where they wither away
but it can take a few years... I don't go through more than a couple
three dozen bananas in a year... over ripe bananas go into baked goods
(muffins) and smoothies. Uh oh, one of my resident composter
families just landed, first place they head is to my office window
where earlier I put out seeds for song birds, I'll put out more seeds
later when the geese move on to their main job of fertilizing several
acres of lawn, mother goose stands guard:
They do a great job of organically fertilizing my trees... there's my
composter behind my vegetable garden. This family was born here, they
like that tree because I used to have a small plastic pool there:
Hey guys, union break is over:
Often there'll be over a hundred geese munching away from early light
until sundown... there will be herds of deer too. But most of my
composting is done by building several mountainess brush piles in the
woods... clearing brush here is a never ending job.
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