If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you have come to the realization that I have a slight passion for chickens and ducks. The term addiction seems a bit strong, so let’s go with slight passion instead! Keep in mind, I love everything about my feathered friends, including the fact that they serve an amazing purpose…eggs! Eggs are not only a great source of protein, but they’re full of vitamins and minerals. What’s even better…they taste amazing! Once you have tried a farm fresh egg, you will never go back!
When we first started raising chickens and ducks, I always struggled throwing away those colorful suits of armor. Well, it’s a good thing I love to research! Over the years, I have discovered many uses for our colorful egg shells. Below are the favorites, here at Indigo Acres…
Composting – Eggshells are rich in calcium and include powerful nutrients that are helpful for plants. Once your tummy is filled with yummy scrambles, rinse the shells and let them dry. When the shells are completely dry, crush them up and add to your compost. We store our crushed shells in large zip lock bags.
Fertilizer – Crushed eggshells can be sprinkled into a hole, right before planting, to fertilize the soil. If you have enough shells, every two weeks, continue to sprinkle crush eggshells around the base of your plants. If you grow tomatoes and cucumbers, this will be very helpful to prevent blossom end rot and provide some calcium carbonate.
Growing Cups – If you love to start seeds from home, not only are the shells helpful, but the old egg cartons are, too. Rinse your egg shells well. Add a small hole in the bottom of the shell for drainage. Fill the half shell with dirt and plant a seed, based on planting instructions on the seed packet. Once it’s planting time, crack the eggshell at the bottom and plant the seedling, along with the shell, outdoors.
Pest Prevention – Crush the eggshells around your vegetables and flowers to keep away snails, slugs and cutworms. These sharp shells will become a wonderful deterrent for crawling insects.
I hope your gardens are waking up and beginning to bloom. If you don’t have space for a garden, a window herb garden is always a wonderful addition. Tending to plants and digging in Mother Earth are the most relaxing and therapeutic experiences I know. Give it a try! As always, if you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Take a risk this season and plant something…anything!
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