We save our egg shells for many purposes. They are a very useful and natural solution for a few things in your garden! And so we wanted to share a few ideas with you today as we continue sharing more and more gardening ideas.
1. Natural Garden Pest Control
Our first and favorite use is for natural pest control in our food gardens! We try to grow organic gardens in our 6 sq. foot boxes and although weeds are kept at bay, pests are not always. Well, egg shells are a great solution for some pests like slugs, beetles, snails, etc.
For crawling pests, the egg shells are like shards of glass. They will not cross it to get to it! You can crush the egg shells by hand with a fork into fine pieces and sprinkle on the bottoms of the stems where your plants are growing.
For flying pests, you will want to finely grind your egg shells in a food processor/blender/coffee grinder as the egg shell dust will get under the wings and into the various parts of the beetles and other flying pests and act like glass for them as well. You can actually sprinkle the entire plant with the hand ground or finely ground egg shells, depending on what you are trying to deter. You will need to reapply ever so often – so just keep your egg shells and add them each time you have some to add to a spot in your garden!
This works great and is a natural and totally safe solution for your growing garden – in fact, it is not only natural, it is actually nourishing for some of your foods too. Which leads me to my next great garden use!
2. Calcium Enricher for Tomatoes, Pepper and Eggplants (HA – Eggplants ;))
The next fabulous use is for providing your tomato, pepper and eggplants with calcium! One common problem for these veggie plants is that they will get blossom end rot from a lack of calcium! Egg shells are a great solution to the problem!
You can do this a couple of ways:
1. Hand crushed egg shells at the base for pest control and calcium enrichment. As your plants are watered, the egg shells will release calcium slowly, providing a gradual supplement to your plant.
2. You can also add crushed egg shells at the time of planting in the seed or plant hole.
3. You can make a calcium enriched water by finely grounding egg shells to a powder and then add to your watering can. Stir it up and water these plants with it.
This is also great for regular potted plants of all kinds, whether indoors or out!
Finally, the last great reason to use egg shells in your gardens are for your compost pile or bin! Eggshells add many nutrients to your compost soil and add calcium boosts that your future foods and plants will love. So if you are in excess or out of ideas on how to use them…. just throw them away in your compost instead of the kitchen garbage!
Before your crush or grind your egg shells, you will want to rinse them off and let them air dry for a day or two.
We are sure that there are other uses for egg shells in the garden (like seedling starting, but ours never make it to that point :)) and so if you have ideas to share, please leave a comment and leave your idea!