Most people tend to dispose of the eggshells and they eventually end up in the trash. But, it turns out that these shells are a treasure if you are a gardener.
Interestingly, keeping the eggshells goes a long way for any gardener. From improving soil`s quality to repelling pests, these shells indeed are amazing. Read on to find out more about the reasons why you should use them in your garden.
1. Deter Slugs
Wet weather comes hand in hand with slugs! To fight them, ground eggshells, which irritate critters like snails and slugs. Sprinkle them on the soil around the vulnerable plants, and make sure you re-apply after a rain. Ground eggshells work as a great substitute to diatomaceous earth.
2. Deter Deer
Eggs have quite a distinct odor, haven’t they? Luckily for gardeners, deer cannot stand the smell of egg, so spreading a few crushed eggshells around the garden will keep them away.
3. Promote Healthy Tomatoes
Blossom end rot, which is result of calcium imbalance, is common in tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. Given that eggshells are packed with calcium, they work as great fertilizers common for plants prone to this problem. It is recommended to crush four dried eggshells and add them to the soil surrounding the plant at the time of planting.
4. Add Minerals to Soil
Eggshells are not a great fertilizer for tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers only. Due to their high mineral content, they work as a great addition to any soil in general. According to Dr. Mercola, sufficient calcium in the soil promotes healthy plant cells. Eggshells contribute magnesium and other minerals to the soil, too.
Eggshells are an amazing addition to compost! it is recommended to clean, dry, and crush them prior using.
6. Start Seeds
Interestingly, you can use egg cartons and eggshells as starter pots for seeds. First, clean and boil the eggshells. Puncture the pointed end of the egg for proper drainage. Fill the eggshells with seed starting mix and put them back in the egg carton. Plant the seeds and once the seedlings are big enough, crack the eggshells. At this point, you can transplant in the garden.
7. Bring Down Soil Ph
You can use eggshells to improve acidic soil in an all-natural way. While not as fast-acting as lime, eggshells do increase soil pH effectively. Make sure you test the soil`s pH prior taking any action.
8. Improve Soil Drainage in Planters
Eggshells are a good way to improve the soil drainage in planters. Swap rocks for broken eggshells at the bottom of the container plantings to allow for drainage. Consequently, the container will be easier to handle, there will be improved air circulation, and the eggshells will supply the plant with the needed nutrients. Replace the soil along with the eggshells every season or two.
9. Keep Cats Away
Are you struggling with the neighborhood cat that uses your garden as a litter box? The good news is that there is no need to worry, as eggshells are the ultimate cure! Stepping on broken eggshells is enough to keep them away.
10. Compost Tea
Making compost tea using eggshells is more satisfying than letting them break down in the bin, which takes more time. Boil a gallon of water and add about twenty dry eggshells to it. Let them stseep during the night, strain the liquid, and use the nutrient-infused water as liquid fertilizer.
11. Feed Birds
Birds control pests in the garden, so they are always welcome around! Spread a few pieces of clean eggshells around the garden and they will be attracted to the calcium supply, particularly the females.
12. Remove Splinters
Not only are eggshells beneficial to the garden, but to the gardener, too. Minor injuries are very common in the garden. Luckily, the membrane of an egg has healing abilities which accelerate the healing process of splinters and similar injuries.