5 Things Considered “Garbage” That Your Garden Will Love
One man’s trash is another garden’s treasure! Here are 5 things you need to stop throwing away into the garbage that could be really useful for a garden.
1. Coffee Grounds
Leftover coffee grounds may seem like an odd choice to give to your pretty garden, but the benefits are still there! Place the coffee grounds sparingly onto your garden and blend them throughout the soil. Coffee grounds contain phosphorous, potassium and magnesium, which all can strengthen your soil’s structure. You must be careful, because coffee grounds can increase the soil’s acidity level. If you’re growing azaleas and hydrangeas, please limit the amount of coffee grounds you mix into the soil.
2. Nut Shells
Shells from peanuts and pistachios are always a good addition to your compost because they don’t break down as easily as the rest of what goes into compost. Because they aren’t broken down so easily, nut shells help with the thickness of the compost that helps soil aeration. Before you blend them into your compost, rinse them clean of salt. Be careful to not use walnut shells since they contain juglone, a compound that is toxic to many plants.
3. Chocolate Husks
Farm manager of Riverpark Farm in New York, Zach Pickens, attributes the success of his restaurant to the use of chocolate that helps his tomatoes thrive. He has partnered up with Mast Brothers, a local chocolatier. He uses cacao husks as mulch.
“[The husks] not only help insulate the soil and protect the roots, but they also provide phosphorus for structural stability and nitrogen for green growth. It smells delicious to boot.” Just remember not to spread chocolate on the garden if you have a dog.
4. Banana Peels
fBanana peels make good compost, but be careful to not use whole banana peels, as they can attract unwanted visitors like squirrels and raccoons. Chop them up before giving them to your garden!
Eggshells can be used as repellant. When crushed into small pieces, slugs, cutworms, and other pesky insects are repelled off because of the eggshell’s sharp edges.
Eggshells also double as compost, as they break down very quickly and give plants a calcium boost.
Article: Country Living