6 Reasons Why You Should Use The Eggshells in The Garden

The eggs are full of vitamins, protein, and minerals and they are one of the most healthy and nutritious foods in the world. An average person eats about 150 – 200 eggs annually, and that is more than trillion eggs in one year. Now you are wondering what happens to the eggshells.

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The shells are comprised of about 96 percent calcium carbonate or CaCO3 crystals that are bound by proteins. The most usual commercial ways for disposing of eggshells include the use like a source of calcium in animal feed or fertilizer, but every consumer usually drops them into the bin. Read this text to discover these 6 uses for the eggshells for your garden.

1. Fertilizer

The egg shells are an amazing way to add the calcium to the compost. The shells have a high surface area to volume ratio and they break up very quickly. Don’t worry about grinding or sterilizing them up. Toss the shells into a barrel or on the pile.  Also, you can include the crumbled eggshell into the bottoms of the planting holes directly in the spring. During the winter, deliver the shells over the plot. When the ground warms up, till the egg shells into the soil. If you don’t want to keep the eggshells on the ground, you can store them until the planting season comes. The calcium is a secondary nutrient for every plant, and the garden will appreciate these added minerals, especially if you grow peppers or tomatoes because these plants are affected by the calcium-deficiency.

2. Pest-Deterrent

If you have some problems with snails and slugs in the garden, sprinkle coarsely-crumbled shells around your plants where these pests dine. The sharp edges of the shells deter the slugs and snails abrading their sensitive foot of any land mollusc which tries to cross that barrier. Most slugs and snails will emigrate from your garden quickly.

3. Seed-starter Pots

Because the eggshells can quickly biodegrade when they are positioned into the soil in your garden, they also can double like an excellent seed-starter pots. When you crack the eggs to remove its content, attempt to break a small hole, but at the pointier end. Clean the inside of the shells and puncture just a small drainage hole in the bottom. Then, place the empty shells back into the carton, then fill each eggshell with moist soil, and then add the seeds. When the seedlings outgrow the pots, you can transplant them into your garden or into bigger pots.

4. Feed the Birds

The mother birds before laying eggs and after that need more calcium. You can sterilize the shells by baking them in the oven at 120°C or 250°F for 10 minutes. The shells shouldn’t be brown, but they should be dry. Then you should crumble the eggshells and place them outdoors during the summer and spring. Also, you can mix them with suet, birdseed, or mealworms in a bird feeder.

5. Repel Deer

If you have deer visiting the garden like if were their personal buffet every night, sprinkle some shells around the plants that they are munching on the most. The deer don’t like the smell of albumin and they stay away from any area that smells just like the raw eggs. But, be careful if you use this method because that smell might attract the smaller vermin as the rodents who want to eat eggs.

6. Aesthetic Value

The finely-ground shells can be quite pretty. If you have a big family or eat a lot of eggs, you can boil the shells to sterilize them, crush, and then drop them into a big glass jar to store them. When you have collected enough eggshells, sprinkle them between and around your plants. The egg shells will control the pest and add the calcium back to your soil, and the white color can be a sweet accent to the garden. You can add crumbled oyster shells for a more interesting appearance.

With these 6 amazing tips, you and your garden will enjoy these health benefits of the eggs.

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