I’m a gardening expert – how to make your plants grow better using dinner leftovers | The Sun

I’m a gardening expert – how to make your plants grow better using dinner leftovers | The Sun

NEXT time you're cooking up a bowl of spaghetti bolognese, don't clean up without thinking of your garden.

Jaylea, a gardening enthusiast who runs the website Flourishing Plants, explains that some of your leftovers can actually help nourish the plants in your yard.

Of course, it's not the sauce, the Parmesan cheese, or the pasta itself that can be used as garden miracle workers, so feel free to finish your whole plate.

But think twice before pouring that precious pasta water down the drain.

"The nutrients in the pasta water will fertilize and feed your plants, giving them a healthy start by feeding the bacteria in the soil," wrote Jaylea.

"It can also add minerals such as phosphorous and potassium to the soil which will also boost plant growth."

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The reason pasta water is so good is that it's filled with NPK – the golden initials for fertilizer.

The letters stand for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which plants need to grow.

The starches from the pasta, which wash off into the water, can feed the good bacteria in the soil – which promotes growth and prevents diseases from infecting plants.

Jaylea suggests pouring pasta water on plants twice a week, though don't do it directly from the stove.

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It's important to make sure the water has cooled off before you add it to the soil.

Using pasta water is not only cheap, but it's environmentally friendly as well and cuts down on waste.

Pasta maker Barilla has also promoted the gardening trick on its website in honor of Earth Day in 2018.

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"After cooking your pasta to al dente perfection, don’t pour all of your used pasta water down the drain," the brand wrote.

"Instead, let it cool and use it to water your plants!" they added. "The starchy H20 provides beneficial nutrients that help plants grow. Just be sure to avoid using pasta water that has been seasoned or salted."

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