The 5 kitchen ingredients that will improve your soil.
Not everyone has room in their garden for a compost bin so here are 5 common kitchen waste products that you can use to improve your soil and enjoy healthy plants.
1. Egg Shells
Egg shells are really good for our garden soil as they add valuable minerals that many plants like. Dry the eggshells in a bowl on a sunny window sill. Once they are dry they crush really easily. Crushed eggshells add extra drainage and calcium to your soil. They can also prevent rot in tomato plants. If you work the crushed shell into the soil or add crushed shell to the base of plants, they may help to deter slugs and snails.
2. Banana Skins
Adding cut up banana skins to your soil will help improve drainage as they encourage worms. They rot down quickly leaving lovely crumbly soil. Banana skins add calcium, magnesium, sulphur, phosphorus, potassium and sodium to your soil which are needed for healthy plant growth.
3. Epsom Salts
Magnesium is incredibly low in many people’s diets and has been declining in our vegetables since the 1950’s. Magnesium is needed for enzyme reactions and is a basic requirement in maintaining healthy body functions. Adding Epsom salts to our soil where we grow vegetables will help this. You can add Epsom salts to the base of your vegetables; especially cabbages, broccoli, lettuce and peppers. Add Epsom salts to your tomatoes for healthy fruits. If your plant leaves are curly, it may be due to a magnesium deficiency so give Epsom salts a try. Epsom salts can be added to the watering can too but make sure to water the base of your plants not their leaves.
4. Coffee Grounds
Empty your coffee pods of their coffee grounds and add this to your compost bin. You can also add them straight to your soil. Coffee grounds are particularly good for acid loving plants such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas, heathers and blueberries. Coffee Grounds work very well as a mulch around plants. Earthworms love them but slugs don’t tend to.
5. Tea Bags
Unfortunately, many tea bags contain plastic so when you add these straight to your compost bin, they will rot down but will leave bag shaped skeletons. Snipe open dried tea bags and use their contents directly in your garden. Use them in the same way as coffee grounds to improve your soil. You can also pop them into your watering can and water the plants with your tea water.
There we have it! I hope you have found these tips useful.
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.