the incredible, edible egg.
not only are eggs good to eat, they’re great for the garden too!
the next time you hard boil eggs, save the water, let it cool and pour it on your garden. the water becomes enriched with calcium when the eggs are cooked… plus, why pour water down the sink when you can reuse it!
..and once you shell the egg, rinse the shells and save them for use in the garden, i toss mine into a jar. why? because egg shells have beneficial nutrients and uses in your garden.
five uses for eggs in the garden.
- deter slugs, snails and cutworms by adding a perimeter of crushed egg shells around your plants. the sharp egg shells scrape their slimy bodies and they’ll likely turn around and head in the other direction. a great organic pest control for those slow crawlers that reek havoc on our garden veggies late at night.
- when planting your tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, drop eggs shells into the planting hole before adding your plant, some even toss in a whole egg, yolk and all. these crops are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is caused by calcium deficiency, there’s no harm in making sure your plants have a steady source of calcium.
- use crushed egg shells in your vermicomposting and/or compost bin, it’ll add calcium to your finished compost.
- use crushed egg shells in your seed starting pots.
- if you’re feeding birds in your yard, add a small dish of crushed egg shells near the feeder, females need the extra calcium, especially when they’re egg laying or recently laid.