Human beings consume billions of bananas each year, making this peculiar yellow fruit one of the most popular foods in the world. Full of vitamins and minerals including potassium – a nutrient which is well known for its ability to aid with muscle recovery after strenuous physical activity – it’s easy to see why we like them so much. However, those billions of bananas we eat result in billions of banana peels which are typically thrown away, leading to several million pounds of waste added to world’s landfills each year. If you’re thinking, “Wow! That’s a lot of trash,” you’re right. But it doesn’t have to be.

Read on to discover how you can reduce the amount of waste you produce by transforming all of those discarded banana peels into something interesting and useful.

1. Compost

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Probably the most popular – and easiest – use for banana peels is to mix them into the compost pile. Peels add potassium and phosphorus to compost which promote root development and overall plant health when incorporated into garden soil. Just be aware that banana peels are green material and too much of a good thing can offset the balance of your compost.

2. Compost Tea

On a similar note, if you don’t have a compost pile, you can still use banana peels to feed your garden. Simply drop a few peels into a bucket full of water and let it sit for a couple of days to make compost “tea.” Mix one part banana peel compost “tea” with five parts fresh water and feed this mineral-rich mixture to your plants about once per month in lieu of your normal watering. The added potassium and phosphorus will give your plants a boost to keep them growing strong.

3. Feed Your Seedlings

Chop up banana peels and bury one or two small pieces in the soil at the bottom of planting holes or seed-starting containers to give your young plants a boost of nutrients that will aid in root development and disease resistance. Just be sure that your seeds and seedlings aren’t directly touching the ripening peels at time of planting as this may burn and damage roots and seeds.

4. Dried Peel Fertilizer

One final tip for using banana peels as fertilizer is to dry them completely then grind the peels and incorporate them into the soil in your garden. This will have a similar effect as composting and burying the ripe peels, but without the danger of burning your plants. This and the previous three techniques may be used on just about all of the plants in your garden to boost their growth and overall health.

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