Monday, March 7, 2011

Make Your Own Rose Bush Fertilizer

As I've mentioned before, we have a lot of sand where we live.  When we moved in almost 8 years ago, our yard had grass, but it was grass that had to be completely maintained by sprinklers, which we could not afford to keep up continuously.  So we had to let the grass die and let the "natural" landscape return.  That means sand, sand, and more sand (and of course weeds grow too).  We have even had tumbleweeds grow (and blow) in our back yard.

Oh, how I would love to have a garden, but I think I would have to do a lot of transformation to our ground to get anything to grow successfully.  That would cost time and money, neither of which I have now, so...It will remain undone for now.  I did plant some vegetable seeds in pots one year, but I planted them too late so I missed out on the harvest (I didn't know anything about gardening at the time).

Rose Bush Fertilizer

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To make your own rose bush fertilizer, all you need is a banana peel.  That means, no going to the store to spend a lot of money on something made from chemicals.  You will need to get a banana peel, flatten it, and bury it about 1 inch deep at the base of each rose bush.  This will provide your rose bushes with a rich source of potassium and phosphorous.  If you like, you could also chop up the banana peel, put the pieces at the base of the rose bush and then sprinkle some dirt on top of the peels.  If you would like to save your banana peels for later, just let them dry out completely and then store them in plastic bags.  Oh, we go through so many bananas here!  If only we could sell them as fertilizer :)

Are any of you planning a garden this year?

Much love.


  1. Hi Mrs. Q, so happy to stop by and see how you've redecorated. You have good taste.

    This is really neat info. about the banana peals. I'd like to try it. I don't know much about gardening either but I've been wanting one for 3 years lol!

    I think hubby will get me a lemon tree from the nursery this year though.

    Have a peaceful week. :)

  2. Mrs. Q,

    Yes, you have have "sand," but be thankful that you have a nice size yard. If you saw my backyard, you would laugh because it is quite small, and currently being over-run with weeds! During the non-rainy season, it's just dry dirt becasue we have not been able to afford to "plant" any grass. One side of my yard has rocks, ha! Well, at least we have some plants along the back fence to make it somewhat "presentable."

    At any rate, thank you for the tip about the banana peels for the rose bushes. What do you do with the inside of the bananas if you use the peels for the fertilizer? You must make alot of dishes with bananas as the main ingredient! :)


    -Lady Rose

  3. Oh I'd love to have a nice garden too!
    We've had severe water restrictions because of a 10 year drought so It's been difficult to create lush gardens!
    Thankfully we have some old fashioned bushes and vines that cover the old paling fence and give us some flowers.
    I love roses..but don't have the knack of growing good specimens.
    Wouldn't it be bliss to have a garden like your Monet print above?!
    bless you Mrs Q - btw your blog looks beautiful:-)

  4. How wonderful! I just got some rose bushes that I still need to plant and I will be adding a banana peel to the soil! ;o)

  5. Yes, you're right! Banana peels work better than anything else I have ever tried! Thank you for the confirmation! Joyce in Connecticut


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