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Name: Joe
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Zorki
Mar 1, 2014 2:36 PM CST
Does anyone add egg shells to their plants? From experience, is it better to grind them or put them on just crushed by hand?
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Mar 1, 2014 3:42 PM CST
The smaller the pieces, the better. It just decomposes quicker and easier.
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drdawg
Mar 1, 2014 3:45 PM CST
I put the egg shells in the compost bin but not directly in potting soil. The only kitchen refuse that I add directly to the soil is coffee grounds.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 1, 2014 4:03 PM CST
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I also add the eggshells to the compost. I do not crush them as I find them full of small earthworms. Eventually the eggshells break down and become part of the finished compost.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 1, 2014 4:46 PM CST
Nice, red wrigglers you have there. I good sign of compost health.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 1, 2014 5:48 PM CST
When I lived in Utah, I did the same, added the eggshells to the compost. Here in FL, we have seashells in the soil naturally, so it doesn't need the calcium component added by eggshells. I did it for a while, but found the compost smelled a lot better and attracted less unwanted 'attention' from the raccoons etc. if I left them out.

As far as adding them directly to a plant, I would think they might smell a bit unless you scrubbed them out to remove all the egg protein residue.
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 1, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Some people crush them & sprinkle them around their plants as a deterrent to slugs & snails.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/plantladylin/377/Eggshells-in-t...

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Frillylily
Mar 1, 2014 8:50 PM CST
I read somewhere that you can crush the shells and bake them on a cookie sheet (why? maybe to keep them from smelling? I dont know) and then put them outside in the spring and the birds use them. I don't know what they do with them lol, just read that they use the shells. Maybe they eat them for the calcium while they are developing eggs?
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pirl
Mar 1, 2014 8:56 PM CST
Yes! The birds can also use them for digestion.
Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 1, 2014 10:27 PM CST
Well, now that you mention other uses for eggshelss, you can wash the egg shells, cook them in a low oven without allowing them to burn, crush and pulverize them in a blender and feed them to the dogs to add calcium to their diet. Yes, you can also toss some to the chickens and the wild birds will help themselves.

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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Mar 2, 2014 6:59 PM CST
I always put them around Tomatoes for calcium to avoid blossom end rot.

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