Eggshell is a biodegradable item that you can collect from kitchen scraps and use it throughout the garden to add nutrients for plants.
How To Use Eggshells For Adding Benefit To The Garden
Organic sources for garden needs are always the best choice when available when it comes to gardening. However, homemade, manufacture made, nature made still the best ones to use.
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Luckily you always have a resource for the garden from your kitchen. Anything kitchen scraps are suitable for compost material. Any recyclable containers are useful for DIY seed starting planter.
A used wooden spatula is a handy gardening tool to poke a hole for planting a seed. Cinnamon is an excellent remedy for damping off.
Same with eggshells, you can use them in the garden other than tossing them into the compost bin. Here are some benefits of using eggshells for the garden.
Benefits Of Eggshells In The Garden
Add eggshells into the compost bin. Eggshell is one of the green materials for composting.
Whole eggshells will take time to break down, so crush them into smaller pieces before you toss them. Aerate the compost bin regularly to provide more oxygen for those tiny creatures that break down the compost pile.
Use eggshells for tomato plants. Add the crushed eggshells into the planting hole before you plant the tomato seedling. Eggshells add calcium to the tomato plants and help them prevent blossom end rot from happening.
Scatter some crushed eggshells around the base of the tomato seedling on the soil surface to prevent cutworm. It sounds weird but I never had any cutworm problem (knock on wood).
Eggshells improve drainage on the soil. Add crushed eggshells when you till the soil to add aeration and improve garden drainage.
Add crushed eggshells to the potting mix for container gardens. It improves drainage and provides nutrients for the plants.
Use eggshells to prevent slug on the hosta. When you see hosta plants start growing new shoots in the spring after winter dormant, spread some crushed eggshells around the hosta crown on the soil surface.
I do this regularly every spring and top it up during summer, and I have never gotten any slugs on hosta. But hail storms cause more damage, creating holes all over hosta leaves during summer.
My understanding is that crushed eggshell has a sharp edge that slugs didn’t like. I tried other methods of getting rid of slug, but the eggshells work like a charm for my hosta plant.
Eggshells add nutrients to the soil. Eggshell has calcium properties, an essential mineral for building rich soil.
Sprinkle some crushed eggshells around plants that will help them grow. Cucumber and squash plants will get benefit from crushed eggshells to help them with blossom end rot.
Use eggshells for planting a seed. Don’t crush these eggshells yet. Turn them into an inexpensive seed starting plug instead.
Once the seedling is ready to transplant, crush the eggshell and plant the seedling with its shell into the larger container or straight into the garden.
Eggshells for watering plants. Put the dried-up eggshells into the blender or food processor. Use the pulse option to make eggshell powder.
Add the powder into a gallon of a watering can. Water the plants with this solution. Alternatively, you can boil the eggshells and use the cooled-down boiled water for watering the plant.Save those eggshells and use them to get multiple benefits for the garden. #organicgardening #eggshellsforgardening Click To Tweet
Eggshells are entirely biodegradable. But if you put the whole piece in the ground, it will take longer to degrade. I often find some crushed shell pieces from the previous year.
Crushing it into smaller pieces or turn it into powder will help to speed up the decomposing process.
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