July 03, 2012

Homemade potash for a tropical organic garden (banana peels)

Uses & Benefits:
To resolve potassium deficiencies in a tropical organic garden. Potassium stimulates plant growth, increases protein production, increases the efficient use of water and increases resistance to disease and insects.

What you need to make potash with banana peels:
  • Banana peels
  • a plastic bag
  • a freezer (optional)
  • a blender

Instructions for making potash with banana peels:
  1. If you want to make a large batch, collect banana peels in a plastic bag in a freezer until you are satisfied with the volume.
  2. Blend the banana peels with water at a ratio of 1 part banana peels to 2-3 parts water
  3. You may combine this recipe with the homemade molasses potash recipe (Molasses is another natural rich source of potassium)
  4. Pour the mixture over the soil

Observations:
I have found that the lazy approach of tossing banana peels around the roots can attract rats. However, this method has not created such problems. I also find myself trying to work the potash into the soil very gently. BTW, I am generally a no-till gardener and will work in the mixture only very gently to avoid disruption to the soil's ecosystem.


Potassium deficiency (see what healthy leaves look like below)
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healthy green leaves with sufficient potassium
Healthy green leaves before potassium deficiency

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