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Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips: Life Hack for Banana Peels and Green Onions.

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. 

Reusing Banana Peels
Banana peel stored in water for 2 days, allowing nutrients from the peel to transfer to the water.

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:

  1. 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!
  2. Leaving the lid off the jar, keep out on the counter until the jar cools down to the touch (ideally room temperature).
  3. Put the lid on the jar and store in the fridge for 36-48 hours.
  4. Straining the banana peel, use the water in the jar to water your garden or plants. 
Growing Green Onions
Green onions growing on their own with water and sunlight.

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!

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