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Are lemon peels good for plants?

28th June 2023, Christoph Klinger

Are lemon peels good for plants?

It feels good to use every part of a fruit. Instead of throwing unwanted parts (like the peel) into the bin, finding other uses for them can be satisfying and rewarding. Lemon peel is a great example. Most of the time, it finds its way into landfill – but there are actually all kinds of uses for it.

Many of these uses relate to the great outdoors. In answer to the question posed above, lemon peels are indeed great for plants. In fact, there are a whole host of lemon peel gardening hacks out there to try – some of which may surprise you!

Now that you know that lemon peels and gardening do mix, let’s take a look at how you can use them.

How you can use them

Here are a few of our favourite ways to use lemon peels outdoors. 

  • Change soil acidity: Some plants favour more acidic soils. Lemon peel can be used to alter the acidity of your soil, improving the health of your plants. They contain citric acid, so the more lemon peel you place in your soil, the more acidic it becomes.
  • Creating compost: Whether you already have a compost pile or are considering making one, make lemon peels a part of it! They’re rich in all kinds of valuable nutrients, including essential vitamins and minerals that plants need to thrive. As they decompose, these nutrients will enter the compost – and then all you have to do is spread it around your garden.
  • Keep pests at bay: Looking for an all-natural way to keep pests away from your plants? Lemon peels work well, as most pests avoid the citrusy scent of the fruit. On the flip side, this scent can attract butterflies to your garden. 

Order dried lemon peel online today

If you don’t eat lemons often but want your garden to thrive, you can order dried lemon peel in bulk at Mimea. We deliver across the UK, so place your order online today.

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