There isn’t much more satisfying than a garden. Whether you grow flowers, herbs, vegetables or a mix of all of the above, starting something from a seed (or a seedling!) and nurturing it until it grows. When you take good care of your plants, your plants will give back to you!
One of the best ways to take care of your plants is to keep them nourished and well fed. And you don’t have to look past your own kitchen for some of your plants favorite things! Here is a list of 6 things you can find in your kitchen hat your plants will love!
1. Egg Shells
Egg shells are a key ingredient to any compost pile. Egg shells are made of calcium and will help nourish your garden’s soil. Make sure that you rinse your egg shells clean. To help the decomposition along, it’s better if you crush the eggs shells up.
2. Citrus peels
Most citrus peels (with the exception of limes) can be great for your garden! Placing citrus peels around your plants can help repel pests such as mosquitos and aphids. But they not only repeal certain insects, but they also attract another. Butterflies!
No, not wood pulp. But if you juice at home be sure to share with your plants! You only juice healthy and whole foods, why not give some of that back to your garden?
4. Coffee Grounds
I love coffee. You love coffee. PLANTS love coffee! Coffee grounds are filled with nitrogen, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and all kinds of good stuff! If you use paper filters, you can even add the whole paper filter to your compost pile. If you don’t have a compost pile, just add your coffee grounds right to the soil!
5. Loose Tea Bags
Plants love coffee, but they also are pretty fond of tea. Again, if you have a compost pile you can add the whole tea bag (just be sure to remove any staples!). If you do not have a compost pile just open the tea bags and spread on the soil.
6. Banana Peels
Don’t throw those banana peels out! Add them to your compost pile! Banana peels are full of nitrogen and can help your plants grow! Just chop the peel up to help it decompose faster.
And as a bonus, while you won’t find it in your kitchen, yard waste such as grass clippings or leaves are great for your garden and compost pile. No need to bag it up and set it out for the trash! Instead spread it around your garden and let your plants enjoy the benefits!
Looking for a few products to help you get started composting? Here are a few favorites!
This Epica 1 Gallon Stainless Steel Compost Pail is a favorite! But not just mine! It’s gotten over 1,100 reviews on Amazon and has 5 out of 5 stars!
The Oggi Eco-Liner Compost Pail liners are perfect. These will help reduce odor and help keep your counter tops clean.
Let It Rot is a great book to help you learn everything you need to know about composting!
Compost: A Family Guide To Making Soil from Scraps is a great way for kids to get involved and learn all about composting. It’s full of games, stickers, and more! Very fun for the kids!