There are several uses for egg shells. Here's how we use them at our home:
- Use egg shells as a seedling planter. This winter we saved our egg shells from our chickens. After cracking open to cook up some yummy breakfast, we rinsed the shells out and left them upside down to dry. Last week we filled the egg shells with soil and seeds, placed them in an egg carton and put them under fluorescent lights to germinate. To transplant into the garden, gently crack the shells so roots will reach the soil.“Detroit Dark Red Beets”“Black Cherry Tomatoes”
- Crush up the egg shells and throw them in the compost. Our compost goes into our garden beds, the calcium rich soil helps our garden grow.
- Feed back to your chickens...I know it sounds terrible, cannibalistic almost, but the calcium and grit that comes from the crushed up egg shells will benefit your flock. Make sure you clean the shells well, finely crush them up and mix in with their food.
- Prevent slugs from killing your garden. Place crushed egg shells around the stem of your plants. The roughness of the shell cuts the bodies of the slugs and eventually they learn not to slug around your territory any longer.
How do you use egg shells? Please leave a comment.