Preparing a Home-made Citrus Peel Fertilizer

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Posted October 20, 2023 by: Admin #Decoration

In this article, we will explain how to make natural homemade fertilizer for your plants using the peels of oranges, mandarins, and lemons. We will guide you through the entire process and provide you with useful tips.

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Step 1: Selection of Organic Fruits

To prepare this fertilizer, make sure to use untreated organic fruits. It is essential that the peels do not contain any chemicals or pesticides.

Step 2: Collection of Peels

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Start by collecting the citrus peels and keep them in a bag. Wait until you have accumulated a significant amount, but do not store them for more than a few days.

Step 3: Drying the Peels

Once you have enough peels, move on to the drying phase. You have two options: air-drying by exposing them to direct sunlight or baking them in the oven. If you choose the oven, place the peels on a baking sheet and bake them at 100°C for 4 to 6 hours. Keep the oven door slightly open to let out the steam. Use a wooden spoon to prop it open.

TIP: Energy Saving

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To minimize energy consumption, dry as many peels as possible together, reducing the frequency of the process.

Step 4: Grinding the Peels

Once the peels are thoroughly dried, use an electric blender or a mortar to grind them into a powder. Pass this powder through a sieve to remove poorly ground pieces. Grind them again into a fine powder.

Step 5: Fertilizer Storage

Transfer the obtained powder into an airtight glass container. You can now use this powder as fertilizer for your plants or for newly planted seeds.

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