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Nov 15

Using Egg Shells in the Garden

My new obsession lately has been gardening, and let me tell you I have gotten really carried away. I am growing a large variety of vegetables for our fall garden including two types of tomatoes, romaine lettuce, garlic, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, carrots, onions, turnips, swiss chard, radishes, peppers, snow peas, green beans, egg plant, cilantro, basil, red lettuce, arugula, parsley, lemon balm, kohlrabi, cabbage, and lime mint. Yes it is safe to say that I have gotten very carried away. Everything is growing well and I am excited to see what type of veggies we turn out with.

I have read in many places that egg shells can be beneficial to the garden.

  • Use crushes up egg shells in the bottom of a tomato planter. These will provide extra calcium and tomatoes love this.
  • Mix egg shells with soil when prepping the garden, they are a good organic fertilizer.
  • Sprinkle crushed up egg shells around plants to deter slugs, snails, cutworms, and other crawling pests.
  • Place some crushed egg shells in a feeder for birds. Mother birds need extra calcium after they have laid eggs. The egg shells can provide extra nutrition for the mamas.
  • Egg shells can also be added to a compost pile or bin, the egg shells will add a good source of calcium to the soil. I recommend crushing them up into small pieces before hand to help them compost faster. Whole egg shells take a long time to compost on their own.

Be sure to wash the egg shells out before using them in the garden. After I wash the eggs I let them sit out for a couple of days before crushing them. They break much easier when they are completely dried out.

I hope these tips have been helpful to you. Plant some seeds and get out in the garden, it is so much fun! If you have organic fertilizer ideas please post them below.

 

 

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