Using Eggshells in the Garden 4

Eggshells are very useful in the garden

Eggshells are very useful in the garden

Next time that you are cooking with eggs, don’t throw the eggshells away. Did you know that eggshells are a great gardening resource?

Usig eggshells in the garden

Dry the eggshells for a day and then crush them up

Let the eggshells dry out for a day and then you can crush them up and sprinkle them as a barrier around seedlings.

Slugs and snails hate the sharp edges of the eggshell and won’t cross the eggshell barrier. When the plants are finished, the eggshells can be dug into the soil. Over time the eggshells will just break down.

Crushed eggshells can be used to protect seedlings from slugs and snails

Crushed eggshells can be used to protect seedlings from slugs and snails

Another possible use for eggshells is to hang them on a stick in the ground. Draw two black spots on the shells. These are supposed to act as decoys for white cabbage moth. The moth is tricked into thinking the eggshells are other moths laying eggs on the plants, so they go off to lay eggs elsewhere.

Eggshells used as decoys for cabbage moth

Eggshells can also be added straight to your compost, where they’ll break down and provide a small amount of calcium for your plants.

Do you have a creative use for eggshells in your garden? If so, please share it with us.

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4 thoughts on “Using Eggshells in the Garden

  • Elizabeth Barnett

    I make 2 or 3 holes in the base of half-eggshells and use them as mini pots for succulent cuttings. They drain really well and are just the right size (succulents hate being overpotted). I can also write the variety directly on the shell with a texta to keep track of things. When it’s time to transplant I just squish the shell gently to break it up a bit and place the lot directly in the plant’s new pot.