Here’s why you shouldn’t throw away cucumber peels: you can turn them into a super energy drink for your plants in no time. With just one more ingredient.
Are you one of those people who like to peel your cucumbers before eating them in a salad or as a snack? The bowls usually end up directly in the garbage. But there’s a really good reason why you shouldn’t throw away your cucumber skins: you can use them to conjure up an energy drink for your plants, a real super fertilizer. All you need is one more ingredient, water. It couldn’t be easier.
We have long known that cucumbers are full of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber. Why shouldn’t this be just as good for our indoor or garden plants as it is for us?
The substances present in the cucumber skin can have a positive effect on plant growth. Strictly speaking, the skins are the healthiest part of the cucumber, they contain many vitamins as well as calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus and potassium.
How to make fertilizer from cucumber skins
To make your own liquid fertilizer, all you need is a sealable jar and water. It couldn’t be easier. It’s best to use organic cucumbers to be sure there aren’t any toxic pesticides stored in the skins.
It’s so easy to make your natural fertilizer:
- Pack the cucumber peels in a sealable container, such as a mason jar, or in a bottle.
- Add water to the brim.
- Seal the jar or bottle and place in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.
How to use cucumber water fertilizer
That’s it? Exactly. The shells now release potassium and phosphorus into the water and enrich it – your homemade liquid fertilizer is ready. As soon as you take the jar out of the fridge, all you have to do is pour the water through a sieve into a collecting jar. The cucumber water is the valuable fertilizer, you can now dispose of the remaining peel.
When you water your plants and flowers with this special water, they are fertilized at the same time. Vegetables in particular have a high need for potassium and are happy about the strengthening energy boost. But you can also spoil your indoor plants with the water. As with other fertilizers, the same applies here: do not use too often. A cucumber wellness water for your plants once every few weeks is enough.
Sources used: sat1.de, ruhr24.de, myhomebook.de