I'm a garden expert – the gross trick to help your flowers bloom perfectly

ARE YOU green-fingered?

If you are a fan of gardening and want yours to look great this Summer, then you need to listen up.

According to experts from Conserve Energy Future, there’s a surprise ingredient that you need to add to your compost to ensure that your flowers bloom perfectly. 

And don’t worry, you won’t need to splash the cash on expensive fertiliser or seeds, this is something that you will have already. 

It’s pretty grim but apparently it works… 

It turns out that nail clippings (yes, you read that correctly) are a vital asset for blooming summer flowers.

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So if you’re a nail biter, you’re in luck.

When you are finished biting or clipping your fingernails or toenails, you’re likely to throw them straight in the bin. 

However, if you want your garden to sparkle, these leftover items could actually prove crucial for your flowers.

Compost is prepared by decomposing plant and food waste and if you make your own, you will know that it is an easy way to use up leftover household items, predominantly in the form of food such as banana skins and eggshells.

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These ingredients then break down, releasing a number of nutrients, which can improve soil quality. 

But if you really want your garden to thrive, experts claim that your fingernails actually hold “one incredibly important ingredient” to benefit plants. 

They explained: “Nail clippings are completely compostable. 

“Like human hair, fingernail and toenail clippings can be composted, meaning these parts of the human body that have been sentenced to the trash, can end up helping in the composting bin.

“Because they take some time before they fully decompose, they are a slow-release source of nitrogen, one incredibly important ingredient of the composting process, the other being carbon.”

It’s simple to do – just add your clipped fingernails to your compost bin along with any other organic materials you normally pop in there.


However, the experts added that excessively polished nails and acrylic nails should not be composted.

They continued: “The problem with composting polished nails is that the polish and its removers are considered hazardous waste because they are toxic and flammable. 

“The chemicals in the polish will leech into the compost and continue into the garden, poisoning it and the plants.

“Acrylic nails, on the other hand, are simply non-biodegradable. 

“They are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer that creates a hard protective layer over your natural nails. 

“As they are non-biodegradable, do not compost them.”

However, your ordinary nail clippings are made of keratin, a protein that is biodegradable. 

The experts added: “Keratin is a naturally occurring protein and contains small amounts of calcium and phosphorus.

“The two are wealthy soil nutrients and have significant benefits to plants. 

“To effectively have your fingernails working wonders for your plants, compost them first.

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