Following my previous post on the many uses of eggshells, there are many common items we would normally throw away or compost that can be very handy in the garden; Banana peels being one of them. They make excellent fertilizer and help discourage aphids.
Banana peel fertilizer acts as a time release source of potassium, phosphorus and other trace elements. Roses, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplants do extremely well with higher levels of potassium, but all plants can benefit.
To use: add 3 peels to the bottom of the planting hole, mix with soil and place the plant on top. You can also mix chopped peels around the base of an existing plant.
I have also read that burying banana peel bits an inch in the ground around aphid infested plants will make them leave.
If you grow roses, a banana peel may just become your new best friend :)
Written by: Patricia Mills