Calcium from egg shells for the garden


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3. Fertilize Your Plants

If you are gardener, you’ve probably used agricultural lime to condition and nourish your soil. A highly beneficial additive that decreases soil acidity, agricultural lime boasts calcium carbonate as its main component.

Smiley face eggEggshells are 97 percent calcium carbonate and contain traces of other minerals, such as phosphorous, magnesium, sodium and potassium.

Considering the fact that you probably use eggs every day and that they are dirt-cheap compared to fertilizers, using eggshells in the garden should be a no-brainer.

Not only will eggshells nourish your plants with calcium and other minerals, they will prevent them from rotting, too.

  1. Boil and dry the shells from 12 eggs as described previously to thoroughly clean them. Twelve eggshells should be enough to fertilize the soil around 2 to 4 plants.
  2. Grind them in a coffee grinder or food processor to powder them. Alternatively, for gardening purposes, you can just put them in a plastic bag and crush them vigorously with your hands to powder them.
  3. Sprinkle the eggshell powder all over the soil around your plants.
  4. Use a rake to mix it into the soil. You can also wear gloves and mix it in with your hands.
  5. Water the area to help the eggshells seep into the soil and begin delivering nutrients to your plants.

Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers often rot due to calcium deficiency. This eggshell fertilizer will definitely help with that problem.

Adding this fertilizer to the holes usually found in potted plants and yet-to-grow seedlings also gives them the nutritional boost they need to grow healthy.

You can also sprinkle crushed eggshells (not powdered) around your plants as a thick, close barrier to deter slugs and other insects. The jagged edges of the crushed shells will irritate the skin of the insects and keep them at bay.

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