repost: Eggshells As Organic Pest Control and More –

Written By Frank M. Lin 1/24/2017 1:46 am @ Hayward, California – Today was a bit rough at the poker table earlier in the day.  Played for quite a few hours and never really had any good runs at all.  Essentially bled chips away over time.  Sucks.  Gave away/back my hard earned winnings from before.  This is why I will just be a casual poker player.  It is seriously not easy work at all.  You need a combination of luck, skill, endurance, understanding psychology, apply reverse psychology… etc.  And I’m only playing small limit poker lol.  But from this I can already understand and see the appeal of cash money no limit hold them.  Those guys probably achieve big time adrenaline high’s in high stakes games.  I have been thinking about playing poker while high on cannabis sometimes.  I wonder how my brain would function under the influence?  lol.  Will have to try that sometimes.  Today’s blog content is just bookmark the content really.  Eggshells will be saved by me from now on.  🙂  Look at its great many uses and benefits.

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6 Convincing Reasons To Use Eggshells in Your Garden

1. Fertilizer
Eggshells are a great way to add calcium to your compost.  Because shells have a very high surface area to volume ratio, they decompose very quickly.  Don’t even worry about sterilizing or grinding them up.  Just toss your shells on the pile or into the barrel and turn them under.


Alternately, you can incorporate crumbled eggshell directly into the bottoms of your planting holes in the spring.


During the winter months, distribute your shells over the plot of land where you will plant come springtime.  Once the ground warms up, you can till the shells into the soil.  If you are adverse to the idea of having eggshells on the ground all winter, you can also clean and store the shells until planting season rolls around.


While calcium is considered a secondary nutrient for plants, your garden will certainly appreciate the added minerals, especially if you grow tomatoes or peppers as these plants are the most easily affected by calcium-deficiency.


2. Pest-Deterrent

If you have problems with slugs and snails in your garden, try sprinkling coarsely-crumbled eggshells around the plants where these slimy little pests like to dine.  The shells’ sharp edges deter snails and slugs by abrading the sensitive foot of any land mollusc that attempts to cross the barrier.  Most snails and slugs will quickly emigrate from your garden in search of easier pickings.


3. Seed-starter Pots

eggshell planterBecause eggshells quickly biodegrade when introduced into soil in the garden, they also double as the perfect seed-starter pots.  When you open your eggs to remove the contents, try to break just a small hole at the pointier end of the shell.  Clean the inside of the eggshells (boiling water works well for this) and puncture a small drainage hole in the bottom of each empty shell.  You can then place them back into the carton, fill each shell with moist potting soil, and add your seeds.  Once the seedlings outgrow their “pots” you can transplant them shell and all directly into bigger pots or out into the garden.

Further Reading: How To Plant Seeds Using Eggshells


4. Feed the Birds

Both before and after laying eggs, mother birds need more calcium in their diets.  Sterilize your eggshells by baking them at 250°F / 120°C for about ten minutes so the shells are dry, but not brown on the inside. Then crumble your eggshells well and place them outdoors (in a feeder or even just on the ground) during the spring and summer.  You can also mix the eggshell crumbles with birdseed, suet, or mealworms in an existing birdfeeder.  Either way, your healthy mama birds just might thank you by also dining on insect pests that may otherwise damage your garden.


5. Repel Deer

If you have deer visiting your garden as if were their own personal buffet every night, scatter some eggshells around the plants they’re munching on the most.  Deer hate the smell of albumin and tend to stay away from an area that smells like raw eggs.  Just be careful using this method as the smell may actually attract smaller vermin like rodents who like to eat eggs.


6. Aesthetic Value

Finely-ground eggshells can also be quite pretty.  If you have a large family or simply eat a lot of eggs, boil your shells to sterilize them, crumble, then drop them into a large glass jar for storage.  Once you’ve collected enough shell crumbles, sprinkle them around and in between your plants.  Not only will the eggshells help control pests and eventually add calcium back to the soil, the white color can also be a beautiful accent to your garden.  Add crumbled oyster shells for an even more interesting appearance with all of the same garden health benefits.

With these six tips under your belt, now both you and your garden can enjoy the health benefits of nature’s perfect food – the egg.


Ibolya Regn ·

Tomatoes do well with crumbled shells in the hole when first planting. Using them as seed starters…great idea, but you have be aware of how you open the egg. Need to have a cup shape. Also a drain hole…can make with a sturdy straight pin.

J Karl Lipscomb ·

“Sterilize your eggshells” before feeding them to the birds?! Is that because birds are used to eating only sterilized foods?

Halia Eastburn

I agree, no need to sterilize if it’s just wild birds, definitely want to if you’re feeding them back to chickens.
Unlike · Reply · 2 · May 19, 2015 11:29pm

Kirk Billingsley

Anthony J Peasley-lutgen Quick-mason You mean like McDonalds french fries in the parking lots?
Like · Reply · 1 · Sep 19, 2015 10:30pm

John Klem ·

Laura Miller break up the eggshells and toss into the feeding area. I have a white glass egg in the yard. My chickens never eat eggs. Mom says it is because they peck the glass egg once or twice, hurt thier beak and leave eggs looking things alone forever after.
Like · Reply · 2 · Apr 9, 2016 11:55am

Ibolya Regn ·

Actually, about the egg planters…to fussy for me and I usually plant tomatoes down to the first set of leaves. The seedling will develope more roots and be more productive.

Kelly Capen ·

We compost , lots of stuff. and in the spring let our cat outside, yet we also were drawing in fisher Cats, A professional Exterminator , said Stop throwing in the Egg shells , if I want my cat. We did, and still have the cat . Weasels , Fishers Etc.. Are drawn in by the smell of egg shells

Alex Hallstrom ·

Gives new meaning to “walking on eggshells,” I think so haha.

Mark Hall ·

When ice fishing, get fish to bite by sprinkling eggshells down your hole.

Kirk Billingsley

I throw mine away.

Sherri Sachs ·

I crush them and feed them back to the hens for a boost of calcium.

Rick Sniders ·

I sprinkle them down my ice fishing holes, then when a fish comes over them, he’s easy to see for the spear that follows. Good eating, thanks to recycled eggshells.

Jennifer Bussanich Hudson ·

I love all those ideas but seriously? HOW do you crimble oyster shells?????

Olga Williams

I love all these gardening hints I will definately try some in spring 2016

Shelley Gaddy

Repair broken bones by adding them 2 ur diet as well

Sunshine Kaplansky Weismehl

I put egg shells from organic grass fed chickens into the pot when I make bone broth. It adds calcium and more.

Carolyn Wendy Danczak ·

doesn’t cooking in oven sterilize egg shells?

Betty Wilmot ·

I save my egg shells,and coffee grounds through the winter then put a cup of it in my plants.I even put it around my strawberries.good crop of everything.

Lauraine Howatt ·

My roses get the winters collection of egg shells. What a Rose Garden I have!!!!!

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