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Kitchen scraps that can instantly fertilise your plants

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Potted plants have probably found more takers during pandemic than before, as a little patch of greenery can go a long way in keeping the workspace at home congenial and soothing. But plants need care too. And more often than not, many find it difficult to maintain these plants by providing them with the right kind of fertiliser. The answer to this might be hidden in your own kitchen. Scraps and other kitchen waste often contain minerals and other components that can go a long way in nourishing your plants. Here’s a look at five fertilisers you will find at home…

Banana Peel
Rich in potassium, banana peel is said to be one of the best fertilisers for your plants. All you need to do is either bury the peel next to your plant or cut it in small pieces, add water and let the peels sit for 24 hours. This water can be used to fertilise your potted beauties.

Egg Sheels
Egg shells contain a lot of calcium, and are often said to be the solution to problems that plague your kitchen garden, like blossom-end rot in tomatoes. Crush the shells and spread them evenly around your plants.

Coffee Grounds
Known to alter soil pH, making it more acidic, coffee grounds are favoured for the growth of plants like roses and tomatoes. After they have been used for brewing, either sprinkle them directly in the pot or soak them in water, and then pour it over your plants.

Green Tea
You can use green tea bags to make a weak solution of green tea. One tea bag can be used for two litres of water. Use this regularly to water your plants.

Onion and Garlic Peel
With the amount of onion and garlic peel generated in our kitchen every day, using them as fertilisers for plants can help reduce our kitchen waste too. Add the outer dry skin of onion or garlic (about a handful) to one litre of water. After 3-4 days, strain the water and dilute this solution with another litre of water. Then, use this solution to water your plants. Onion peel is rich in potassium, calcium and iron, which can help the plants grow strong.

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