Hey y’all! So I wanted to start a new type of content that I will share on Tuesdays: Tuesday Tips. These are meant to be a quick life hack that I want to share that make my life easier. In no way am I reporting “end all, be all, facts,” but I am reporting facts based on my experience. (No fake news here!).
With that being said, I already started sharing a few of these life hacks on my instagram stories, but I wanted to document here for those of you who are not instagram or missed the story.
Life Hack: Banana peels. I know, like what life hack could I recommend here? Well I have found that using my banana peel as fertilizer for my herb garden is really helping them grow. First of all, I know what you are thinking–”Virginia has an herb garden that she hasn’t killed yet???” Shockingly, yes! I have killed the cilantro, but my sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, and catnip are THRIVING. The second thing I am sure you are wondering is why I am putting out here common knowledge about banana peels. I know everyone knows that these are great for composting. I mean even when I was a kid, my grandma had a compost bin in our backyard that we would save all our fruit and vegetable scraps for. But what about us who don’t have a compost bin? How can we reuse our banana peels? Basically, let them soak in water for a few days and then use that water to water your garden because all those nutrients from the peel are in that water. I have been doing this for a few weeks now and can tell a difference in how quickly my herbs are growing. Don’t take my word for it–try it yourself!
How I use my banana peels to water my herb garden:
- Put banana peel in a large mason jar (holds 24 ounces) and fill with boiling water. The boiling water will turn some of the peel black–that is okay!
- Leaving the lid off the jar, keep out on the counter until the jar cools down to the touch (ideally room temperature).
- Put the lid on the jar and store in the fridge for 36-48 hours.
- Straining the banana peel, use the water in the jar to water your garden or plants.
Life Hack: Green onions. I wasn’t planning on going with an herb/garden theme for the first one of these, but that is the way it worked out (I promise future ones of these won’t all be about plants). I typically buy green onions at the store and wash them and wrap them in paper towel and store in the refrigerator. Once I got down to the white part, I would either use those for stocks or just throw them away and then go buy more at the store. I WAS DOING IT WRONG. How you should be storing them is in a mason jar with water and a little bit of sunlight and they basically regrow themselves. Leave the white bottom part of the onion intact and replace the water once a week or when it is low. I have had the same ones for a few months now and I just cut off the tops when I need them. I can’t use them fast enough!