What do you do with your eggshells at the end of a carton?
If you’re like us, you just throw them out, or maybe compost them (more recently).
But if you own a garden, you’re trashing a valuable resource! Eggshells provide a great source of calcium for your plants, and also a safe, natural method of pest control. Sharp, ground-up shells can deter beetles, slugs, and snails from your precious greens, very similar to the way diatomaceous earth works. (Read more about pest control)
We did this last week with our garden. We finished our monthly dozen and a half eggs, put our leftover eggshells in the blender, and pulsed it several times. We recommend doing this with fewer at a time, as we had to keep jabbing a spoon down in there to force the bigger shells down to the blades.
After several rounds of pulsing, jabbing, jabbing, and pulsing, the shells were crushed up finely at the bottom of the blender.
Some people recommend using a coffee grinder, as it will grind the shells down to the consistency of sand. We country bumpkins don’t own no high falutin’ coffee grinder, so a blender worked just fine for us.
We took the grounds out to the garden, and simply sprinkled them around the plants. This is the second time we’ve brought eggshells into the garden, and you can see that our leaves are still intact and safe from pesky bugs.
This was a great natural way to protect our plants, feed my soil, and reduce/reuse/recycle.
What are some other natural ways you keep your plants happy?