It’s no big mystery that eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals (sufficient to grow a baby chicken from just one cell).
An average person consumes around 150 to 200 eggs per year worldwide. That’s more than one trillion eggs a year! Now ask yourself: “What’s going on with all those eggshells?
A chicken egg shell consists of nearly 96 percent of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) crystals that are connected by proteins together. Popular industrial strategies for the disposal of eggshells involve use as a fertilizer or as a source of calcium in animal feed, but they are usually discarded by the average consumer in the kitchen waste bin or garbage disposal.
Please read on to discover six innovative eggshell uses that will help your garden if you are in this community.
Eggshells are a perfect way to fill the soil with calcium. Since shells have a very high volume-to-surface area, they break down very fast. Don’t even think about them being sterilized or grinded. Simply throw your shells into the heap or the barrel and turn them under.
Alternatively, you should explicitly insert crumbled eggshell into the bottoms of your spring planting openings.
Distribute your shells over the plot of land where you plant come springtime during the winter months. You will till the shells in the soil once the weather warms up. If you’re unwilling to have eggshells all winter on the ground, you can also clean and store the shells until the season rolls around.
Although calcium is considered a secondary plant nutrient, the addition of minerals would definitely be appreciated in your greenhouse, particularly if you grow tomatoes or peppers as these plants are most easily influenced by calcium deficiency.
If you have problems in your garden with slugs and snails, try sprinkling crumbling eggshells around the plants where these slimy little pests like to dine. The sharp edges of the shells deter snails and slugs by abrading any land mollusc’s sensitive foot trying to cross the barrier. In search of easier pickings, most snails and slugs will quickly emigrate from your garden.
- Seed-starter Pots
Because when inserted into the garden soil, eggshells quickly biodegrade, they also double as the ideal seed-starter containers. Try breaking just a small hole at the pointier end of the shell as you open the eggs to extract the contents. Wash the inside of the eggshells and puncture a tiny drainage hole in the bottom of each empty shell. Then you can put them back in the cardboard, fill each shell with moist potting soil and add your seeds. Once the seedlings outgrow their “pots,” they can be transplanted into larger pots or into the garden directly.
- Feed the Birds
Mother birds need more calcium in their diets before and after laying eggs. Sterilize your eggshells by baking them for about ten minutes at 250 ° F/120 ° C so that the shells are dry, but not brown inside. Then break the eggshells well and place them outside during the spring and summer (in a feeder or even just on the ground). You can also blend in an established bird feeder the eggshell crumbles with birdseed, suet, or mealworms. This way, your good mom birds might just reward you for feeding on insect pests as well, which might otherwise destroy your yard.
- Repel Deer
If you have deer enjoying your garden every night as if they were their own private meal, sprinkle some eggshells around the plants they’re always mumming. Deer dislike albumin’s scent and tend to stay away from an area that looks like raw eggs. Just use this method carefully as the odor may actually attract smaller vermin like rodents who like eating eggs.
- Aesthetic Value
It can also be pretty fine-round eggshells. If you have a large family or just eat a lot of eggs, cook your shells to sterilize them, crumble, then put them in a large glass jar for storage. Sprinkle them around and between your plants once you’ve collected enough shell crumbles. Not only can the eggshells help contain insects and gradually bring calcium back to the soil, but the white color will also lend your garden a stunning accent. Bring crumbled oyster shells with all the same health advantages to the garden for an even more fascinating appearance.