1. Paper towel rolls
Yes, they are useful beyond cleaning the kitchen slab and kitchen mess. All you need to do is to create a protective layer with the roll and place around seedlings. This protective layer safeguards the plant from pests such as slugs.
2. Hot peppers
Next time when you have waste from hot peppers (such as seeds), don’t throw them in the dustbin, rather blend them with water and fill in a spray bottle. The mixture can be used to deter pests from your kitchen garden.
3. Cooking water
After boiling the veggies, don’t drain the water in the sink. You can use the water (once cooled) to fertilize the plants. This also improves the quality of the soil.
In case the soil in the garden has become muddy with moisture, all you need to do is to add some nut shells of peanuts and pistachios. This act will not only aerate the soil but will improve the quality of the soil. Make sure that you wash off the shells to remove any kind of salt or seasoning, before adding to the soil.
5. Gable-top container
You can easily trim the tops off and use the container to keep the seeds and you can also use the container along with the top to keep the fertilizers.
6. Crushed eggshells
Crushed eggshells make an effective addition to the compost. Rich in calcium, they help worms reproduce and also aerate the soil that is helpful in the growth of veggies like tomatoes.
7. Used coffee grounds
Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen. Adding them to soil not only makes the garden look visually appealing but is also considered healthy for the growth of veggies like tomatoes, and peppers.
8. Hollowed citrus shells
According to experts, you can use squeezed halved citrus fruits upside-down to catch insects and snails in the kitchen garden. Though nothing has been proved scientifically to date, but yes, it works.
9. Use banana or orange peel
You can use the peel of fruits like banana and oranges to make compost or you can add them directly to the soil too in place of chemical fertilizers or insecticides.