Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fruit peel and vegetable trimming disposal.

Here is a simple and great tip I learned for disposing your fruit peels and vegetable trimmings. I read about this from a newspaper article months ago. Since then I have been placing any kind of fruit peel (at least cut into small size pieces or proportional to the plant) just above the head of my bird's nest ferns (asplenium nidus). Whether fresh or dried, fruit peels are naturally dehydrated and decomposed just by being exposed to the elements and becoming a natural slow release fertilizer to your epiphytic ferns and plants. Your plants will definitely grow healthier this way.

The reason why I avoid placing it on the ground or on potted plants is because food scraps or kitchen scraps like fruit peels attract rats, cockroaches and other pests. Placing these items on top of trees would make it difficult for rats and other ground insects to reach, therefore benefiting not only our ornamental epiphytic plants, but the host tree as well.

Remember, if there is no garbage to throw, the earth would be a better place to live in.


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