No space for compost bin or just don't need one? Learn nine food to toss into your garden that will help your garden.
A compost bin is not a fit for everyone. Some families don't have room for one or live in a place that doesn't allow them. Even potted plants can benefit from the compostable foods that come from your kitchen.
Toss food into your garden!
Now, before you go dumping any food into your garden make sure you continue to read because is not EVERY food.
There are many foods you already have that you can toss directly into your garden, garden beds, and potted plants that will break down in the soil without a compost bin.
So what food to toss into your garden?
Let's find out!
9 Food to Toss Into Your Garden
One of my favorite food to toss into my garden are eggshells!
Eggshells are amazing for adding calcium to your soil. Wash, dry, and run through your blender until you have a fine eggshell powder to speed up the breakdown process. Grinding them is important because eggshells tend to take a long time to break down.
Listening up coffee drinkers! Coffee grounds are great to toss into your garden, raised beds, and pots. Why are coffee grounds good for your gardening soil?
Coffee grounds are great for adding nitrogen to your garden. You can toss your coffee grounds and even leftover coffee in with plants that like acidic soil. This is a great way to reduce waste and help improve your garden soil without costing you anything.
Don't make your coffee at home? Snag used coffee grounds from your local coffee shop.
Tea & paper tea bags
Not a coffee drinker then good news for you tea drinkers!
Tea and paper tea bags are much like coffee when it comes to tossing them in the garden. Remove staples, strings, or any plastic bagging it is not thin paper. For faster break down remove the tea from the bag
When it comes to using banana peels there is a fast way to speed up the process, just keep reading.
Banana peels break down incredibly fast on their own without getting a foul odor making them a great kitchen scrap to toss directly into the garden. To speed up the process chop up the banana peel. this will give your plants potassium helping them grow strong and resist damage from bugs and other pests.
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Fruit & vegetable scraps
You don't need a compost bin to toss these foods into your garden!
Don't want to throw away your fruit and vegetable scraps but have no place to compost them? You can toss them in the blender with water to break them down and use as a liquid fertilizer around your garden. Tomatoes and peppers really enjoy this and often produce more when feeding with this simple fertilizer.
Wine & beer
Have a party over the weekend and have leftover wine or beer sitting open? It is pretty much useless now so you plan to toss it down the drain but instead of throwing it out your garden would love it. Beer and wine both have natural microorganisms that will benefit the soil and your plants.
OK, keep reading because this is such a good tip when it comes to gardening.
Instead of tossing water from boiling dinner down the drain strain into a large pot and let the water cool. This water is packed with nutrients from whatever you were boiling making it a great fertilizer for your garden plants.
Shells from nuts
The shells from nuts are great for adding to your garden. They do not break down quickly to add nutrients to the soil but when you till them into the ground at the end of the season they make a great addition of organic matter to your soil. The mean time just tosses them in the garden and let them act like mulch.
Leftovers pepper trimmings
Use leftover trimmings from peppers to help repel pests from your garden. Run them through the blender with water, strain, and place in a spray bottle. This mixture can be sprayed on and around your plants to repel deer, cats, rabbits, and other critters that would love to give your garden a munch.
As you can see this nine food you can toss into your garden are common and budget friendly. Instead of throwing these things away reuse them in your garden to help your garden.
Your turn: What food do you toss into your garden and why? Share your knowledge with us.
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