As the previous article, we’ve introduced a lot of trashes in the kitchen that can be turned into beneficial things for the home and the garden. And today, we want to keep sharing another great ingredient. That is Pistachio Shells! As you know, when it comes to Pistachio, most of you always love eating. Because these seeds are a tasty and guilt-free snack, they are quite good for you. They chock full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, pistachios contain a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals too.
And the shell of the seed also has many nutrients that you can take advantage of in your life as well as for your garden. Here are 7 amazing use of Pistachio Shells that you can use at your home easily. For example, you can add them into your mulch to rich your soil, or deter squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons when they dig your garden. Even, if you have a skillful hand, you can make some DIY projects, …So, if you’re chowing down on pistachios regularly, you should know these uses of Pistachio Shells. Now, save and taking them a try!
Pistachio shells contain a lot of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. So, when eating the seeds, let’s save your pistachio shells and mix them with wood chip, bark, leaves, or other organic mulch before scattering it over the garden. After a time, they will slowly release nutrients to feed the soil.
#2 Potted Plant Filler
Those really deep decorative planters require a whole lot of soil to fill completely. It’s a waste of good potting soil too since the plant’s root system rarely needs that much space to grow. Lessen the need for copious amounts of soil by filling the bottom portion of the container with pistachio shells.
#3 Potted Plant Drainage
Speaking of drainage, using pistachio shells to line the bottom of any potted plant will prevent them from becoming waterlogged.
#4 Pest Deterrent
Make your garden and potted plants less appealing to irksome critters with pistachio shells. Spread them as a thick top dressing around outdoor plants to deter squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons from digging in the soil.
#5 Fire Kindling
The woody composition of pistachio shells makes them quite useful for fire-making. They are a great kindling for enclosed fire pits and wood stoves.
Because of their curved shape, pistachio shells can be made to look like beautiful flowers that will never wilt and die. If you are a skillful hand person, you can make some beautiful flowers to decorate your house.
Pistachio shells also are a great material to add to your compost. Pistachio shells are hard and slow to degrade, but you can speed up the process considerably by crushing them up before tossing them in. Or soak whole shells in a bucket of water overnight to soften them. The next day, dump the pistachio shells, along with the water, into your compost heap.