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Have you ever wondered what to do with your eggs shells after some scrambled eggs? Keep them! Right around February is when I bring out the famous wooden bowl that sits on the countertop for months. Instead of mixing all of our food scraps in one compost, I start separating scraps that I want to use in the garden. We don’t have a composter right now (I am hoping to get one this year!), so by separating certain food scraps, I can still successfully create my own compost, and one of the elements is eggshells!

Why use Eggshells in Your Garden?

Using Eggshells as Fertilizer

There are many benefits to using eggshells in your garden. Ground-up Eggshells are a source of added calcium to your garden’s soil. It can also act as an alternative to lime, reducing the acidity of the soil.

Use as a Pest Deterrent

Pile sharp, crushed pieces of shell around the bases of plants as a barrier, to deter soft-bodied pests from eating your garden before you do.

Scatter your crushed eggshells around your plants may repel those nasty caterpillars and pests that like to chop the heads off of your delicate little seedlings.

How to Prepare Eggshells for Your Garden

Depending on how you would like to use your eggshells in your garden you can prepare them two ways, but storage until use is similar for both uses.

  1. Once you have cracked your eggs and are ready to store, rinse the eggshells under cold water and lay on a towel to dry. Repeat this for all of your eggshells. As mentioned above, I like to store my eggs on my countertop in a wooden bowl. This allows the sun to help dry the eggshells out before I use them in the garden.
  2. Some may say to bake your eggshells before grinding or crushing, but I have found that leaving them on the counter for weeks at a time works well enough.
  3. Fertilizer – Once your eggshells are dried out and you are ready to use them in your garden, grind up your eggshells in a food processor or grinder. Once your eggs shells represent dust or sand-like texture, you are ready to use your eggshells in your garden.
  4. Pest Deterrent – Put your eggshells in a ziplock bag and crush them with a wooden spoon to create small shards of shells.

Plants that love Eggshells

While most of your plants will benefit from the calcium of your eggshells, some plants thrive with a little help from our handy food waste:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard

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How to Use Eggshells in Your Garden

4/24/22