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Using egg shells in your Kitchen Garden – there are some benefits to using them, rather than throwing them away

When you are done with cooking eggs in your kitchen, give a thought to the disposal of the egg shells. If you hobby includes growing some plants or herbs, then consider the following points before just getting rid of the egg shells. When you look at the egg shell, you see all the hard but thin surface, see it again, and think about all that calcium over there. The egg shells contain a fair amount of calcium and can be used to replenish the calcium levels in your garden, especially when you have plants that are fast growing (since those deplete the calcium levels very quickly). However, one important criteria for using egg shells, whether these are crushed or kept uncrushed, is to make sure that they are cleaned up before you use them. Here are some of the uses that you can make of these egg shells:
– Add the crushed egg shells to your compost heap to ensure that the calcium directly gets added to the compost heap
– When you boil eggs, you can cool down the water, and then use this water for your plants. On the other hand, you can soak the egg shells in water after crushing them, keep these in water for a few days, and then use this mixture for your plants
– Use un-crushed egg shells as small containers for seedlings. Keep the case in which the eggs came in, place half of the egg shell in the carton areas, and then fill the shells with the required soil. Then plant a seedling in the soil inside the egg shell. Once the seedling is ready, then crush the egg shell gently, and then push the egg shell along with the seedling in the soil of your garden (crushing is necessary to ensure that the roots make their way through the egg shell).
– You can sprinkle some amount of crushed egg shells gently along with your mulching mixture
– Break up the egg shells into small jagged pieces and sprinkle around your plants, this acts as a barrier to slugs that are a pest in your garden
– You can place the egg shells at the bottom of your pots (replacing the stones that you normally keep at the bottom of the soil); they also provide calcium to your soil
– If you are growing tomatoes, then place egg shells near your tomato plants. The extra calcium that comes because of the egg shells will act as a barrier to the disease – blossom end rot
– You can use egg shells on top of seed beds to deter birds who attack the seeds

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