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14 Banana Peel Uses In The Garden You Should Know About

Banana peels can do wonders in the garden. Here’re the 14 Banana Peel Uses you should know about!

Bananas are a good source of phosphorus and potassium for us, and the peels do the same for our plants. They decompose quickly, so simply cut them up and add them to the planting hole for tomatoes or peppers. You can also use banana peels as an organic, side-dressing treatment for most landscape and garden plants. Read this informative article on Mississippi State University Extension Service!

  1. As a Spray-On Fertilizer

Feeding banana peels to plants is not just an old wives tale. There are practical reasons why many people use this superfood as a substitute for chemical fertilizers. Banana peels are quick to rot, so if you bury them, they offer rich stores of essential nutrients to the soil. You can also use them to make a foliar spray to give a nutrient boost to your plants (See the tutorial at Little House Living).

  1. Brew a Compost Tea

The lack of a compost pile shouldn’t deter you from feeding your garden your own organic fertilizer; simply drop some banana peels to a bucket filled with water and let it stay put for a few days. You will get a mineral-rich banana tea that will enrich your flower and vegetable beds with nutrients and promote the vigorous growth. If you want an instant tea here’s one more recipe to follow.

  1. Encourage Blooming in Plants

The banana peels have a high concentration of potassium- the key nutrient that plants need to form big and bright blooms. Potassium also facilitates the transfer of nutrients and water between plant cells and protects them from the diseases. In a way, it allows the plants to prepare for the budding phase. Hence, a fermented banana peel mix makes a superb side dressing for plants. Instructions are here.

  1. Fortify Your Soil

Give a direct jolt of nourishment to your garden soil by planting a banana peel or two in it. Just dip up a trench three inches deep and long enough to accommodate the peels. Lay them flat with the inside facing up and cover them with some soil. Over time, they will release vital nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

  1. Make a Fruit Fly Trap

Not only the fruit flies this recipe will work on other flying insects too!

If flies are the main problem, and you are looking for a non-toxic way to deal with, then using a banana with the peel is your answer. Just chop it up, place it in a plastic container and pour in some apple cider vinegar. Then punch some holes in the lid large enough to allow the entry of fruit flies. The scent of the vinegar and banana will attract them, and they’ll enter through the holes and ultimately down and die in the liquid. While this contraption may not be able to trap every single pest in the garden, it will definitely help you get rid of quite a few. See the recipes here!

  1. Aphid Control

There are no solid proofs yet, but you can try! Cut-up banana peels or use dried banana pieces for this. Either drape or dig the cut-up peel or dried pieces 2.5–5 centimeter (1 -2 inches) deep into the ground around the base of the affected plant. The aphids will soon be gone as they detest the smell of ripe banana.

  1. Add to Compost

Banana peels are biodegradable and break down quickly, so one of the best banana peels uses is to add them to the compost pile. Just make sure you add them chopped, or soaked or as a semi-solid slurry; do not add them whole as this will attract raccoons and skunks. The breakdown of them increases the potassium and phosphorus content of your compost. Learn more here!

  1. Attract Butterflies and Birds

Encourage birds and butterflies in your garden by putting out ripe banana peels on a raised platform. You can also chop them into pieces or punch a few holes, to make the fruit more appealing and accessible to the insects. The banana is quite likely to draw in the bees, wasps, and caterpillars as well, so just make sure that you place it on a platform above your plants. Also, don’t forget to remove it just before sunset, else you may end up attracting the pesky nocturnal invaders.

  1. Fertilizer Air Plants

Epiphytic perennials like Staghorn ferns and Elk Horn do not form roots and grow in the soil. Instead, they are borne on the stems of rooted plants and derive all their nourishment from the surrounding air. Spraying them with a banana fertilizer is a smart way to ensure they get their requisite dose of nutrients for growth and survival.

  1. Feed Your Plants Banana Vinegar

Acid-loving plants like gardenias, rhododendrons, blueberries, and azaleas benefit from a quick spray of banana vinegar. Vinegar, if used in small amount, can increase acidity and enhances the iron content in the soil, allowing these acid-loving plants to grow better and develop healthy foliage. Begin by fermenting leftover banana peels and follow the instructions here. If the concoction has a strong smell of vinegar, consider diluting it with an equal amount of water, to avoid burning the plants.

  1. Prepare Your Garden Bed

The fertilizing and nutritive nature of banana peels makes them perfect as a soil amendment substance for preparing the garden beds. Just chop them up and toss them into the tilled soil. They’ll boost microbial growth and enable the beneficial worms to aerate and improve the quality of your soil. And, make sure to bury them deeply, else they might end up attracting pesky animals such as moles and rabbits.

  1. Establish Your Air Plant on a Banana Peel

When setting a decorative air plant, arrange a banana peel at its base. Cover it with some mulch or moss to hide it and mount the entire plant over it. The peels will act as compost and decay to release a bunch of nutrients that will benefit the plants.

  1. Fertilize Tomato Plants

If you want your tomato plants to thrive and produce the harvest prolifically, don’t forget to add banana peels. As banana peels enrich the soil with potassium, iron, and calcium, thereby allowing the growing tomatoes to get nourishment throughout the season. This guide will show you how to use banana peels to grow your tomatoes.

  1. Feed Your Seedlings

Cut up a few banana peels into tiny pieces and bury them in the soil, just below the topsoil of the garden bed, or at the bottom of seed-starting containers. This will give a much-needed boost of nutrients to the young plants. Just make sure that the seeds or seedlings aren’t touching the peels directly at the time of planting, as this might end up burning and damaging their tiny roots.

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Truth behind Annabelle (The Haunted Doll)

According to claims originating from Ed and Lorraine Warren, a student nurse was given the Raggedy Ann doll in 1970, but after the doll behaved strangely, a psychic medium told the student the doll was inhabited by the spirit of a dead girl named “Annabelle Higgins”. Supposedly, the student nurse and her roommate first tried to accept and nurture the spirit-possessed doll, but eventually became frightened by the doll’s malicious behavior and contacted the Warrens, who removed the doll to their museum after pronouncing it “demonically possessed”.

Texas State University assistant professor of religious studies Joseph Laycock says most skeptics have dismissed the Warrens’ museum as “full of off-the-shelf Halloween junk, dolls and toys, books you could buy at any bookstore”. Laycock calls the Annabelle legend an “interesting case study in the relationship between pop culture and paranormal folklore” and speculates that the demonic doll trope popularized by films such as Child’s Play and The Conjuring likely emerged from early legends surrounding Robert the Doll as well as a Twilight Zone episode entitled “Living Doll”. Laycock suggests that “the idea of demonically-possessed dolls allows modern demonologists to find supernatural evil in the most banal and domestic of places.”

Commenting on publicity for the Warrens’ occult museum coinciding with the film release of The Conjuring, science writer Sharon A. Hill said that many of the myths and legends surrounding the Warrens have “seemingly been of their own doing” and that many people may have difficulty “separating the Warrens from their Hollywood portrayal”. Hill criticized sensational press coverage of the Warrens’ occult museum and its Annabelle doll. She said, “Like real-life Ed Warren, real-life Annabelle is actually far less impressive.” Of the supernatural claims made about Annabelle by Ed Warren, Hill said, “We have nothing but Ed’s word for this, and also for the history and origins of the objects in the museum.”

Happy Mother’s Day

We all love our mother. We have our own ways to call our mother. Some say, ‘Aama (Nepali)’ or even ‘Budi Mau (Nepali)’, ‘Mom’, ‘Mommy’ and various other ways with love. They are our first friend, a guardian angel who always look for different ways to protect us from any difficulties in life. Mothers hold a special place in our heart and stir our emotions when their name is mentioned or remembered. Our friends and family play a large role in who we are today, and who we will be in the future. However, the biggest influence may come from our family, specially from our mother. Mothers have always been the ones who understand the things you say and do. Who always overlook your faults and sees the best in you. They have that special love and care for you to inspires you day by day.

Thus, on this mother’s day lets all appreciate the value of our guardian angel and respect what she has done from the day you started living in her womb till this very day. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents

A newborn’s feeding schedule can be unpredictable. Here’s what, when and how to feed your baby. – By Mayo Clinic

Feeding a newborn is a round-the-clock commitment. It’s also an opportunity to begin forming a bond with the newest member of your family. Consider these tips for feeding a newborn.

Stick with breast milk or formula

Breast milk is the ideal food for babies with rare exceptions. If breast-feeding isn’t possible, use infant formula. Healthy newborns don’t need water, juice or other fluids.

Feed your newborn on demand

Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day about one feeding every two to three hours. Look for early signs of hunger, such as stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements. Fussing and crying are later cues. The sooner you begin each feeding, the less likely you’ll need to soothe a frantic baby. When your baby stops sucking, closes his or her mouth, or turns away from the nipple or bottle, he or she might be full or simply taking a break. Try burping your baby or waiting a minute before offering your breast or the bottle again. As your baby gets older, he or she will take in more milk in less time at each feeding.

Consider vitamin D supplements

Ask your baby’s doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you’re breast-feeding. Breast milk might not provide enough vitamin D, which helps your baby absorb calcium and phosphorus nutrients necessary for strong bones.

Expect variations in your newborn’s eating patterns

Your newborn won’t necessarily eat the same amount every day. During growth spurts often at two to three weeks after birth and again at six weeks after birth your newborn might take more at each feeding or want to be fed more often. Respond to early signs of hunger, rather than keeping a strict eye on the clock.

Trust your instincts and your newborn’s

You might worry that your newborn isn’t eating enough, but babies usually know just how much they need. Don’t focus on how much, how often or how regularly your newborn eats. Instead, look for:

  1. Steady weight gain
  2. Contentment between feedings
  3. By the fifth day after birth, at least six wet diapers and three or more bowel movements a day
  4. Contact the doctor if your newborn isn’t gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings.

Consider each feeding a time to bond with your newborn

Hold your newborn close during each feeding. Look him or her in the eye. Speak with a gentle voice. Use each feeding as an opportunity to build your newborn’s sense of security, trust and comfort.

Know when to ask for help

If you’re having trouble breast-feeding, ask a lactation consultant or your baby’s doctor for help especially if every feeding is painful or your baby isn’t gaining weight. If you haven’t worked with a lactation consultant, ask your baby’s doctor for a referral or check with the obstetrics department at a local hospital.

Feeding Tips for Babies

Homemade Baby Food Purees

First bites are a big milestone in baby’s life. Here’s a step-by-step guide to introducing solid foods.

1. Pick a single-grain infant cereal, such as rice, or a single-fruit or vegetable puree (see recipes in this slideshow), and prepare it. Cereals should be prepared with breast milk or formula.
2. Serve the same food to baby for at least four days, watching for any signs of allergy or intolerance.
3. Move on to a new food, and start the process over until baby has tried a variety of single foods.
Looking for the perfect first purees? We recommend Carrots, Bananas, Avocado, Green Peas, or Butternut Squash. These purees tend to be popular with baby because they are smooth, mild-flavored, and slightly sweet. Remember to thin them down to an almost liquid consistency for baby’s first few meals.

Source: Carolyn Land Williams, M.Ed., R.D.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Every year on February 14th, people all around the world share candies, flowers and gifts with their loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? So let’s find out about the history of this centuries old day of romance – Valentine’s Day.

The history of Valentine’s Day and the story of its patron saint are shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly romantic figure.

Why do we dream?

Dreams have fascinated philosophers for thousands of years, but only recently have dreams been subjected to empirical research and concentrated scientific study. Chances are that you’ve often found yourself puzzling over the mysterious content of a dream, or perhaps you’ve wondered why you dream at all.

But first, lets talk about What dreams really are?

Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology.

Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable. (Source: Wikipedia)

Since the earliest of recorded histories, people have theorized about the function and meaning of dreams. Answers came largely from the spirit world until Aristotle and Plato developed the drive related hypothesis that was later expanded on by the European psychoanalysts of the 19th and 20th centuries. This hypothesis defines dreaming as a way to act out unconscious desires in a safe or “unreal” setting, presumably because to do so in reality would be unacceptable or even detrimental. But even in the 21st century we still are not sure why we dream. The only way to study dreams is to ask the dreamer. However, one thing we know for sure is that dreaming is something that the vast majority of humans do every night of their lives.