Egg Shells In The Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Grosse Pointe Park, MI
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Question by wgrever
April 5, 2000
All winter long, my grandmother would through her egg shells onto the vegetable garden area. In the spring, the shells would be truned into the soil. She always had a beautiful garden so I trust this can not be harmful and may even be helpful. My question is, can too many egg shells make the soil overly rich in calcium, and bad for plants?

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2000
Unless you are talking about a truckload of eggshells at a time, I would not expect them to cause a problem, particularly if you are adding the eggshells along with a good mixture or variety of other materials. Many gardeners routinely add the family kitchen's supply of eggshells to the compost with good results.

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