Gardens thrive off of the items we may otherwise be inclined to throw away, making them even more frugal and affordable to enjoy. Orange peels are no exception when it comes to household scraps you can use in your garden. Below are a few ways to use orange peel this garden season.
Make your own biting bug and insect repellent.
If mosquitoes and other biting bugs are an issue, orange peels can help.You can place orange peels around the garden while you work to keep these insects away, or just try rubbing an orange peel on your clothing. Some of the pests that orange peels can help repel include: aphids, slugs, mosquitoes, and biting flies.
Adding peels to your soil. Orange peels can be dried and grounded and used to enrich your soil.Some plants thrive off of acidic soil. If you are planting a perennial that needs acidity in the soil, orange peels may be able to help. Marigold, Nasturtium, Petunia, Zinnia and herbs such as; Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme. Make your own budget friendly fertilizer.
Did you know that orange peels are chock full of nitrogen? Nitrogen is essential to good fertilizer.When your soil needs a boost, you can add in ground up orange peels. The peels will release the nitrogen and the result is nutrient rich soil your plants will love.
Bugs aren’t the only things that don’t like the smell of citrus. Shred up your peels and sprinkle them on the top of the garden or containers that you don’t want your dog or cats going near. This is a great way to get your paw friends away from your houseplants or plants on the patio.