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The Homestead Gardener
Thoughts on Home, Garden, and Yard
https://homesteadgardener.wordpress.com/

Why You Should Use Crushed Eggshells In Your Garden
And Compost?

Should use eggshells in your garden?


The short answer is Yes. This is an exception to the composting rule of not using meat and
poultry flesh or bones.

Why Should you use Eggshells in your garden?


When accompanied by deep watering during periods without sufficient rainfall, eggshell
provides nutrients to help prevent Blossom End Rot (BER).

What do eggshells add to your garden?


Eggshells add calcium to your soil and compost. Calcium deficiencies are a significant
contributing factor in Blossom End Rot (BER).

The Homestead Gardener
Thoughts on Home, Garden, and Yard
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What garden plants do adding eggshells to my garden help?


Adding eggshell and other sources of calcium will tomatoes, peppers, and cucurbits (melons,
pumpkins, winter and summer squash, and cucumbers), which are all afflicted by Blossom End
Rot (BER).

How can eggshells be used in the garden?


There are several easy ways to use eggshells in the garden:
o My favorite way to use eggshells in to include eggshells in my compost bin, and later
incorporating the compost into my garden beds as fertilizer and garden mineral
additive.
o You can break up eggshells as you toss them into the hole before planting your seed or
seedlings.
o You can break up eggshells as you toss them into the hole near vulnerable plants.
However, you want to be far enough away from the plant not to damages the plant
roots.
o You can break up eggshells and soak eggshells in water for several days the liquid to
water your vulnerable plants. This works well with potted plants.
o You can also spread crushed eggshells around your seedlings to discourage slugs,
pillbugs, and earwigs.

How many eggshells per plant to use?


This really is a case where is better, within reason of course. Basically, as a minimum, use 3 or 4
crushed eggshells per plant.

Related References





Garden Culture – What is Lime?
What To Compost
Recycle and Repurposing in the Vegetable Garden
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