Tomatoes will grow bigger and more abundant when fed cheap kitchen scrap

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Tomatoes require more nutrients than other crops to bear fruit, but a simple kitchen waste item could give your tomato plants the boost they need this summer.

Jim Zamzows, a gardening enthusiast and founder of fertiliser company Dr Jim Z, has revealed that banana peels can be used as a feed to help tomatoes grow larger and stronger.

Banana peels are packed with potassium, a crucial nutrient that plays a vital role in fruit production and can lead to a higher crop yield.

Jim explained: "Banana peels have become a popular garden fertiliser because they are readily available and one of the highest natural sources of potassium."

"Potassium is essential because it aids in photosynthesis, helps move water and nutrients between cells, helps with flowering, and strengthens the stem.", reports the Express.

"Banana peels also contain other important nutrients like calcium, manganese, sodium, magnesium, and sulfur."

Calcium can help prevent blossom end rot, a common disease in tomatoes which can hinder their development, while magnesium can enhance the overall health of the plant.

How to use banana peels to feed tomato plants.

Simply gather several banana peels and store them in a container in your kitchen, and once you have enough, chop them up into pieces.

Dig a hole a few inches away from a tomato plant, add the banana peels and then fill in the hole.

For young tomato plants, only feed one banana peel per plant but for established tomato plants, you can feed them two to three banana peels per plant.

Bury banana peels around every four to six weeks during the tomato plant's growing season, but you might need to adjust this based on soil quality and the plant's reaction to the new fertiliser.

Here's how to concoct a banana peel tea for your tomatoes:.

All you need is banana peels and a jar with a lid to make an effective banana peel tea for watering tomatoes.

Pop several banana peels into a jar, fill it up with water, seal it tight, and let it stew for about a week.

Douse the base of your tomato plants with the liquid tea and watch as you reap a more bountiful and larger tomato harvest throughout the summer.

Employ the banana peel-infused water every two to four weeks, taking care to let the soil dry out between applications to avoid waterlogging the tomato plants.

Jim advised: "You can also make larger batches of banana peel tea in a big container over a longer period of time, but be sure to use something covered to prevent a rotting smell and attracting animals."