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Eggshells in the Garden

By plantladylin
February 21, 2012

Crushed Eggshells: Wash eggshells thoroughly, crush and sprinkle atop the soil beneath plants to repel slugs. Cleaned, crushed eggshells are also a great source of calcium for backyard birds, mix in with birdseed or place in an old pie tin and place in the garden.

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Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 27, 2012 6:25 AM CST
I do this, but I'm not really convinced it works. DOES help with the ph of the soil though.
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lovemyhouse
Jan 21, 2014 2:38 PM CST
With all the people in my house these days, we go through a lot of eggs. Getting quite a bucket full of the crushed shells waiting for Spring. Smiling
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Name: Linda
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wheetie67
May 3, 2016 9:08 AM CST
Hi Lin!

I was scrolling thru the various subjects of NGA and I came across your post about the use of egg shells in the garden and feeding birds. I can't wait to use it! Thank you!

Linda
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plantladylin
May 5, 2016 1:49 PM CST
Linda, you are very welcome! It's been a long time since I've crushed eggshells for the backyard birds ... as I get older, I get lazier. Green Grin!

In my tip, I forgot to include information about baking the eggshells before crushing them. It's a good idea to bake them (250ºF) for five or ten minutes and then letting them cool before crushing them. I have done it without baking but they should be cleaned thoroughly first.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 5, 2016 2:17 PM CST
Why do you clean them and/or cook them?
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Frillylily
May 5, 2016 2:23 PM CST
yeah, I'm wondering why it would matter?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
May 6, 2016 2:15 PM CST
Bonehead said:Why do you clean them and/or cook them?

I'm assuming it's to kill any potential bacteria but I'm so lazy that most of the time I wash, rinse well, let dry and place them in a zip lok bag where I roll them with a rolling pin to crush them up.

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Bonehead
May 6, 2016 3:36 PM CST
I wouldn't call that lazy! Sheesh, I'm lucky if I crush them between my hands before tossing, although mostly they just go back to the chickens.
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