Eggs are one of the world's most versatile foods. Of course, they're delicious for breakfast or in cakes, but their true calling might be outside the kitchen. Whether they're providing a good laugh, or acting as the subject of your latest science experiment, eggs have a lot to teach us. This brings us to our latest egg-related discovery: their shells are perfect for your garden.
Patrick Dolan from YouTube channel One Yard Revolution is here to show us how eggshells are bursting with the minerals your plants need as they blossom this spring. Which minerals are those? Calcium, nitrogen, and magnesium, to name a few. In fact, a recent study revealed that powdered eggshells are around 39% calcium. Just as it strengthens our bones, calcium helps increase the thickness and strength of plant cell walls. This is particularly important if you are growing tomatoes, which need strong vines to support their fruit. By simply sprinkling eggshell powder around your plants, you can nourish them with a variety of minerals and even help prevent things like blossom end rot.
But the benefits of eggshells don't end there. If you keep chickens, crumbled up eggshells are a great way to raise calcium levels in your hens before and after they lay eggs. Just don't forget to sterilize the eggshells before you feed them to your chickens. Additionally, eggshells make great seed-starter pods. All you have to do is create a small opening on top, clean out the shell, poke a hole in the bottom for drainage, then fill them with soil and seeds. As soon as the plants start outgrowing their eggshell pods, transplant them to a bigger pot and you're good to go. With all of these great uses for eggshells, there's no excuse not to get "cracking" on your spring planting!