Most of us consume eggs on a daily basis, and we all throw the eggshells in the trash, without even thinking about their properties and possible uses.
Recently, a post about a mother who loves gardening and got an idea to creatively use the eggshells in her garden made us interested in their benefits. Apparently, eggshells are full of nutrients, and can be of great help in the kitchen, household, and your yard, as follows:
- Mineralize the soil
Add eggshells to the soil to supply it with calcium and magnesium.
- Use them as mulch
Use eggshells as mulch, since they are rich in nutrients that will be beneficial for the soil. This mom advises: “eggshells used as mulch provide a striking accent in the garden. If you gather enough, you can even apply a layer thick enough to deter weeds.”
To improve the drainage of the soil, add a lot of eggshells to the bottom of a planter. This will boost air circulation and improve the health of the plants.
- Start your seeds
To start your seeds, add some soil to half eggshells in an egg carton.
- Add them to tomatoes
Your peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants often end up lacking calcium, which causes blossom end rot. Therefore, crush the dried eggshells and sprinkle the pieces it on the soil around the vegetables.
- Balance the pH
The addition of eggshells to the soil will increase its pH levels.
To supply the soil with calcium and potassium, put 20 dry eggshells into a gallon of boiled water, allow it to steep until the next morning, and strain.
Crush the eggshells, and add them to the compost heap.
- Bird food
Sprinkle some eggshells around the yard or mix them with the birdseed of the birds to boost their calcium levels.
- Slug removal
You should surround the young plants with ground eggshells to keep slugs at bay. Remember to repeat the procedure after a rainstorm.
The healing properties of the inner membrane of an eggshell will accelerate the healing of your splinters and cuts from working in the garden.
The high calcium content of eggshells makes them excellent for the garden soil, and the numerous other nutrients boost the growth and health of the plants.
To reap their benefits, first of all, you need to collect a lot of eggshells. Then, grind with a mixer, grinder, or mortar and pestle. Next, you should till the eggshell powder into the soil.
It is best to do this in fall, in order to provide the needed time of several months for them to break down and be absorbed in the roots of plants. You can add more eggshells in the spring.
Therefore, next time you are making an omelette, or some other egg-based dish, remember not to throw the eggshells away. Instead, use them in the garden, as a powerful natural fertilizer that will enhance the health of your plants, by providing valuable nutrients.