GARDENING HEALTH PESTS

Gardening: It’s Egg-tastic

February 20th, 2014 1 Comment

EggshellBelieve it or not, you might want to think about keeping those eggshells once breakfast has been cooked.  Those obsessed with gardening will probably already know these tricks, but the rest of us probably don’t, lol.  So here to enlighten you is a list of wonderful things eggshells can do for your garden.

 

First off, before you use your shells for anything be sure they are cleaned and dried thoroughly.  Second, there are two forms the eggshells can be used in, roughly broken, or crushed/powdered.

 

You can simply break the eggshells with your hands for the rough stuff.

 

For the crushed/powdered try these methods.  Use a mortar and pestle, blender, or place in a sealed zip-lock bag (having pressed the air out before sealing) and then run a rolling-pin over the bag.

 

Also, if you are looking to have your shells break down quickly, dry them in the over first, then crush them.

 

  1. Pest Deterrent:  Roughly breaking the eggshells and placing them on top of your soil in a circle around your plants can prevent things like slugs, snails, cutworms and yes, even cat!  Non of these critter like the feel of the jagged edges of their skin.
  2. Fertilizer:  Crushed eggshells, when mixed with your gardens soil (or added to soil mixtures) acts as a wonderful plant boost!  Eggshells are a great source of calcium, phosphorus, sulfur and potassium, which help make plants healthy.
  3. Lime Substitute:  Crushed eggshells are a great replacement for lime in compost mixes.  Lime is often used to correct acidity problems in garden soil, but its main ingredient (calcium carbonate) is also what mainly makes up eggshells.  Plus, eggshells are cheaper.  😉
  4. Combat Blossom End Rot:  Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are especially susceptible to this aggravating phenomenon.  Gardeners the world over swear by putting broken, or crushed, eggshells into the bottom of your plants garden hole (underneath) to help prevent this from happening.
  5. Growing Seedlings:  The shells of eggs make a perfect little bed for starting seeds, and they can be planted with the new seedlings when the time comes!

 

 

Discussion Topics:

  • Got any more uses for eggshells in the garden?
  • Have done any of the above?  How did you like it?

 

 

 

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I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)

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