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Don’t toss those eggshells in the trash!

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Care2 says “A normal person looks at an egg and thinks “omelet” or “frittata.” A gardener (especially one who tends to be on the obsessive end of the spectrum) looks at an egg and thinks “yes! Eggshells!”

Watch the video on How To Start Seeds With Eggshells.

Here’s what the Care2 site suggests:

Five ways to use eggshells in your garden

1. Augment your soil by adding crushed eggshells to the bottom of plant holes along with a little compost, especially for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. These harvests are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is caused by calcium insufficiency. While this scarcity is most often caused by incorrect watering, there’s no detriment in making sure your organic garden plant has a steady diet of calcium. As the eggshells break down, they’ll feed the soil, and your plant.

2. When starting plants from seed use eggshells as pots. Then plant the seedling, organic “pot” and all, into the garden. Watch the video above on How To Start Seeds With Eggshells.

3. Use crushed eggshells for an organic solution to deter slugs, snails, and cutworms. These garden pests are a real agony in the organic gardener’s collar, and cutworms are the worst, killing seedlings by cutting the stems at soil level. All three of these plant pests have soft undersides, and dislike slithering across anything sharp around a plant. Crushed eggshells, applied to the soil’s surface, may help deter these garden plant pests the organic way.

4. Toss a few eggshells into the compost pile. If you aren’t planting tomatoes in your garden or trying to deter slugs, add the eggshells to your compost pile, where they’ll add calcium to your finished compost.

5. Crush up the eggshells if you are feeding birds in your yard, and add them to a saucer near the bird feeder. Female birds, in particular those getting ready to lay eggs or recently ended laying, need extra calcium and will absolutely thank you!

Regardless of how you want to use them, be sure to rinse the shells out well before using them in the garden. Nobody likes the smell of rotten eggs… even if it comes from a compost pile.

Source: care2

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