|Step 1: Chop banana peels.|
We frequently eat bananas for breakfast and I always cut up the peels to go into my compost pile, but thought this new way of using them was worth a try.
The article said banana peels are high in three major nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Here are the directions to extract these nutrients for garden use.
|Step 2: Add peels to water and refrigerate.|
2. Chop banana peels and put in the water.
3. Refrigerate to preserve the liquid.
4. Continue to add chopped peels until full.
5. Strain the liquid into another container.
6. Store in the refrigerator until use.
Soaking the banana peels extracts the nutrients and chopping the peels makes this process easier. Once you strain your first batch, start over again. The remaining banana peels can be added to the compost pile. The banana peels will turn black, but refrigeration will keep the compost tea fresh.
|Step 3: Strain the liquid and store in fridge.|
2. To use it as a natural aphid control, mix the compost tea 1:5 with water (one part tea and five parts water) in a spray bottle. Spray plant leaves and stems. Aphids hate bananas, plus the plants will absorb the mixture for extra nutrients.
|Step 4: Dilute with water before use.|