Thursday, September 9, 2010

Use of Eggshells

Eggshells are a must for any gardener.  They are primarily made up of calcium held together by protein, and they can serve many uses.  I save all my eggshells for several reasons:  I crush them up and mix them in soil as a sort of fertilizer; I use them as mini-pots to start seedlings; and I use them to shield the soil in pots from the water.

The last use may seem a little odd, but I swear, it's practical.  Have you ever watered your pots, but been annoyed when the stream of water digs into the soil and exposes the roots of the plant?  Use empty eggshells on the top to bear the brunt of the water and let it harmlessly disperse into the dirt.
The most common use for eggshells is to crush them up into dust or small pieces and use them to fertilize the soil.  As they decompose, they will release calcium carbonate into the soil, which most plants need.  The are especially useful for tomato plants.
If you crack your eggshells right, you can create nice little mini-pots to start seedlings.  Just add some dirt and a seed to each eggshell.

Your new best friend in the garden.

1 comment:

Rich said...

Well who have thought eggshells could be so useful?
They've only ever annoyed me when a piece of it follows the egg into the pan...