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RE: Banana Peels. Use or Toss? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: Hawkeye_Belle on 09.16.2002 at 09:24 am in Organic Rose Growing Forum

Sorry I left out some vital information with the banana tonic. Yes you can freeze banana, peel and all. If it makes you feel better put them in a plastic bag.
When I have collected enough bananas, I place one banana, peel, too, minus the hard tip ends in the blender. (You can slice the banana easily if it is frozen). Put in enough water to cover the banana and liquify. Pour this mixture into a gallon container. (Milk containers are great, but you must use a funnel). Fill the container with water and pour this mixture on the rose at the crown and around the drip line. One banana per rose, one gallon of the tonic per plant. Simple.


clipped on: 04.26.2008 at 02:31 pm    last updated on: 04.26.2008 at 02:34 pm

RE: Alfa Alfa tea recipe for roses (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: cavallo on 06.19.2007 at 01:01 pm in Organic Rose Growing Forum

There are many variations out there. I use the following (converted from English to SI units for your convenience);

75l water
2l alfalfa meal (the powdery stuff)
60ml epsom salts (magnesium sulfate)
15ml copperas (iron sulfate)
30ml miracle grow

All measures are by volume, and are very approximate. I'm sure the miracle grow isn't organic, but note that the proportion is about 1/10th the recommended rate of application, so I doubt it will appreciably harm the soil.

All I do is add the dry ingredients to a large plastic tub, fill it with water, and let it rot for a week. If I want it more aerobic, I'll stir it once every morning, and it doesn't stink as horribly when the week is up. As the season progresses, I drop the iron and magnesium.

After using the stinky liquid, I reuse the settled muck to make another, weaker batch for the following week. After that batch is spent, I pour the slurry into the small bed with my miniatures, rake it in, and start a new batch. In this way, there is always a tub of the stuff cooking in the back yard, every plant gets a gallon of the full-strength liquid once every two weeks, and nothing is wasted.

The results have been excellent.


clipped on: 04.26.2008 at 02:18 pm    last updated on: 04.26.2008 at 02:19 pm