banana peel dryer experiment part 3

This probably should have all been in one post, but I’m impatient.

I’m guessing 6 or 7 dried banana peels yielded 6 ounces (3/4 cup) of pulverized powder.

pulverized banana peels

There’s a good overview of what banana peels do for your garden here.

Dried banana peels are 42 percent potassium, more than most other organic substances, such as manure at 0.5 percent, wood ash at 10 percent and cantaloupe rinds at 12 percent. Potassium promotes the movement of water and nutrients between cells. It also strengthens stems and protects plants from disease. Because the plant is healthier, it might flower more. After the plant blooms, potassium can improve the quality and size of any fruit or nuts.

Since my soil test recommended adding 1 pound of potassium/100 square feet, I’m a happy camper.  By spring I’ll have that and some left for my wife’s flowers if she wants it. I know I’ll use some in my tomato planting holes.

I like being able to quantify the amount of amendments that I’m using, and I like using the warm forced air from the furnace for a secondary purpose.  Makes that gas bill a little more tolerable!


16 thoughts on “banana peel dryer experiment part 3

  1. Pingback: banana peel dryer experiment part 3 | afarmingartist

  2. Dan, while reading your blog, I want you to know you cracked me up with you comments. You have way more gardening experience than I do, but I can relate on so many levels. I’m glad I found you.

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  3. Thanks for the information, and especially for the tip with the hairdryer, I was wondering about how I could drive them out faster, and since I am somewhat follically-challenged these days, a hairdryer never occurred to me 🙂

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  4. You know there’s a whole new level of humour in my life now with this dictation machine. The way it substituted the word “drive” for “dry” in my last comment, you would think I was being invaded by renegade banana peels. Good grief. 😉

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  5. I saved organic banana skins for a couple of weeks. I dried them, well that is to say, I found that they were almost impossible to dry, it took forever and still they would not pulverise. I am going to start all over again.


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