Today we are testing out an Earthwise Leaf Mulcher to chop up dried Banana Leaves and hopefully turn them into a lovely mulch.
(Amazon Link for the mulcher – https://amzn.to/3FATLgC)
Watch to the end to find out how this garden experiment worked.
In Full Disclosure – this Leaf Mulcher is a household mulcher – nowhere does the manufacturer recommend it for what I am about to try. If you choose to try this for yourself – do so with caution and at your own risk.
What is a Banana Circle?
A banana circle is a permaculture technique used to grow bananas and other crops sustainably and efficiently. It involves digging a circular pit or trench, typically 6-10 feet in diameter, and filling it with organic matter such as compost, manure, or plant material. The edges of the circle are planted with banana plants, which grow and spread to fill the entire circle. Additional plants, such as legumes or other fruit trees, can be planted around the outside of the circle to create a diverse and productive garden ecosystem. The organic matter in the pit provides nutrients for the plants, helps to retain moisture, and encourages beneficial microorganisms and insects. As the banana plants grow, they will provide shade and shelter for the other plants in the circle, creating a self-sustaining and resilient system. Banana circles are particularly well-suited to tropical and subtropical regions, where bananas are a common crop.
A Few Fun Facts About Bananas
Despite their appearance, banana plants are giant herbaceous plants lacking woody trunks. Instead, their stems are made up of layers of overlapping leaves. This makes them more closely related to grasses and bamboo than to trees.
Banana plants are known for their astonishing growth rates. They can grow over 3 feet in a single week under ideal conditions and reach heights of 20-30 feet within a few months. This remarkable growth is due to a combination of genetic factors and favorable environmental conditions, such as high humidity and warm temperatures.
Bananas have a long and fascinating history. Archaeological evidence indicates that they were first domesticated in Papua New Guinea around 7,000 to 10,000 years ago and have since been spread throughout the world by human migrations. Today, they are one of the most widely cultivated crops in the tropics, with more than 150 million tons of bananas produced yearly.
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