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Could leftover banana peels make for a good homemade fertilizer for your plants? I’ve noticed on social media claims that adding peels to your plants could be beneficial to their growth. But could it be true? I’d like to find out so we’ll be starting an experiment together on NBC2 News at 3 p.m. to find out.
If you have kids at home, have them follow along or try their own experiment at your house. This will be an interactive way to test out and apply the scientific method, something they’ll be learning about in science class in school.
For this experiment you’ll need: 3 small pots, 3 packages of seeds (wildflowers, or something that grows quickly), bananas, a store-bought plant fertilizer, potting soil, a trowel, a baking sheet and access to a kitchen.
When working with the experiment, have your child apply the scientific method to their project. This is a way to help them focus their thoughts and get more out of what they’ll be doing. Here’s a way you can work with them:
The Banana Peel Fertilizer Scientific Method Project Scientific Method Steps
Step 1) Ask a question
I’ve observed several online posts claiming banana peels can make for a good homemade plant fertilizer. My question is if it is true and if it’s more effective than store-bought plant fertilizers.
Step 2) Collect information
Online gardening sources claim the organic matter in banana peels can help plant growth when added to the soil as a homemade fertilizer. There are several ways to create homemade fertilizer including putting peels in the oven and then crushing them before adding the mix to the soil. Another method suggests soaking peels in water before separating the peel from the water to use a “compost tea.” There are other sources saying the effect may not be as useful as it would appear at face value.
Step 3) Make a hypothesis Because of anecdotal evidence suggesting it works, I’ll hypothesize that the banana peel fertilizer will work. However, I do not think it will be as effective as store-bought fertilizer.
Step 4) Experiment and test your results Our experiment will have three test subjects. All three will use the same type and amount of wildflower seed, be given the same amount of sunlight, be kept at the same temperature and be watered the same amount.
Test subject number one will be the control in our experiment using potting soil and water. Test subject number 2 in our experiment will use the homemade banana fertilizer with an application of 1 tablespoon per week. The fertilizer will be made using a recipe that puts banana peels in an oven and bakes them at 350 degrees until crispy. After cooling, when removed from the oven, the crispy peels will be crushed into pieces and added to the soil of test subject number 2. Test subject number 3 will use a store-bought fertilizer with the application of 1 dose per week.
Notes will be kept noting things like which test subject appears first, which grows the fastest, which flowers first and any other notable observations that happen during the study period.
Step 5) Analyze your test results
Our three test subjects will be analyzed over the course of the experiment.
Step 6) Modify your hypothesis, if necessary
Will be completed, if necessary, as the experiment continues.
Step 7) Present a conclusion
Will be completed as the experiment continues.
Step 8) Retest
Will be completed based on the outcome of the experiment.
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