Citrus peels can be recycled in so many ways. There are a number of recipes related to skincare or household remedies. In addition to these, citrus peels can be very helpful for garden living.
Let’s take a look at 8 amazing uses of citrus peels for your garden.
1. Citrus Peels As Compost
Citrus peels can be composted. Adding them to the soil ensures a doze of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium which are nutrients for future seedlings.
Cut the peels into small pieces before adding them to the compost.
2. Starter for Seeds
Go eco-friendly and use lemon, orange or grapefruit peels as starter pots. Instead of buying plastic starters, you can plant seeds into the halves of these fruits.
3. Pets Repellent
If you have pets, then you know how difficult it is to keep them away from the vegetable and herb garden. You can try solving this with citrus peels as pets don’t like their smell.
Cut the peels into small pieces and place them around the plants. You can also add used coffee grounds to make the smell more intense.
4. Enrich The Soil
As already mentioned citrus peels are a source of beneficial nutrients. Added to the soil, the peels contribute to enriching the soil with potassium, magnesium, calcium and nitrogen.
Cut the peels into pieces or blend them into your blender to turn them into powder.
5. Scent The Fireplace
Next time you eat lemons, oranges or grapefruits, gather the peels together and throw them into the firepit.
Once you light the fire, you will feel the fresh smell of the citrus peels.
6. Dried Peels For Acid-Loving Plants
Lemon peels can be very helpful for all your garden plants that grow in acid soil. Put the peels into an oven or let them dry in fresh air.
Grind them into a blender and then sprinkle the powder over the soil. It will acidify the soil and will contribute to a better growing environment for your plants.
7. Get Rid Of Flies
Fruit peels are also very helpful in the fight against insects, especially flies. Combine the citrus smell with cloves and you have a natural repellent.
8. Ant Repellent
Ants can damage the soil of your plants. To repel them, use fruit peels to keep them away. The oil in orange, lemon or grapefruit is toxic to ants.
Instead of spraying a pesticide that can be harmful to humans and pets, use this eco-friendly bio-repellent.