Banana stem scraps are being recycled in Iɴᴅᴏɴᴇsɪᴀ and used as planters for short-root crops. A hole is drilled and soil is added along with planting. It provides nutrients and is a fantastic strategy to prevent watering. Weeds won’t be able to compete well. The stem will provide food for the plants as it decomposes. It may be feasible to insert some really rich material, such as chicken dung, into the hole and then severely water it to allow the material to spread throughout the stem. After that, plant using ordinary compost. Of course, there would also be a water reserve and a store of nutrients. But you’ve already seen the images. It appears to be obvious.
The ones that are standing are another matter. Some organisms feed parasitically on bananas. It is also possible to fill the gaps with compost. Orchids and other plants that simply need a lovely, damp area high up in the air tend to thrive there. I’ll wager that most ᴄʀᴇᴇᴘʏ crawlies who climb up a banana stem do so in the hopes of consuming bananas rather than the lettuce, onions, or other things we placed in the holes. So it might be an effective ruse to fool pest species. Many people would want to stand up at their desks instead then slouch. The children can take care of the stems that are on the ground while you plant the standing ones. The cobras reside there. It is acceptable to farm the trunk to ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ till it rots away or falls because the surviving ones occasionally contain bananas that have already been picked.
Banana debris is typically used as mulch around the surviving trunks to provide them with nutrients. If done in the field, this procedure does not detract from that because the compost and other ingredients will make the final product even richer when the stem decomposes. Since banana circles are really a large compost pile with a banana overstory and other plants growing beneath, they are already a very effective system.
In the tropical sun, growing lettuce can be challenging. A banana circle’s inside is fairly dark. To grow lettuce, I could envision laying a few trunks in that area. Plants that require more sunlight can be placed all the way around the banana circle. I’m going to give every variation of this a shot. After the bananas are well on their way to being plucked, I guess I’d want to do it parasitically. Then, as opposed to cutting down the stock as is customary, I would keep it standing and observe how much production it can produce before dying.
I want to do the same thing, but with all the leaves removed, leaving just a standing stem that might continue to wick water and survive for a long time. This would stop the banana crop from competing with the harvested banana for light. Another approach would be to cut it off at a height of around 6 feet, leaving only that portion standing. When bananas are picked, that is roughly the correct height to make the cut.
To prevent the fruit from being bruised, one worker chops the stem while one or two others manage the fall. This one won’t live for very long, but maybe it will, long enough to produce a harvest of lettuce or onions. One may hollow out the cut’s top and plant anything inside of it. It would resemble a little tree. Alternatively, stems can be cut into short pieces like firewood and used as plant pots. This provides the opportunity to transplant into the soil, making it an excellent location for longer-living things. As with peat pots, smaller pieces—down to roughly 3 in diameter—could be beneficial as starter pots that are planted in gardens.
Let’s see the process of Growing vegetables in living and ᴅᴇᴀᴅ banana stems in the ᴀᴡᴇSOme video below.
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