Ways to use Eggshells around the Homestead!

January 05, 2018

We like to eat a lot of eggs around here and if we could have chickens on our urban homestead, we would be eating a lot more. Eggs are like the gift that keep on giving! They are full of healthy fats and protein, and the eggshells are quite useful around the homestead and I am all about reducing, reusing and recycling!

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Ways to Use Eggshells around the Homestead!

COMPOST | Obviously, this is the easiest way to reuse those eggshells. Simply toss them into your compost pile or city compost pick up program, no need to dry, wash or grind them! And, the worms will thank you!

PESTS | Crushed eggshells have sharp edges which can deter pests such as slugs and snails from getting to your vegetable garden. I tried this last year around my tomato plants and didn't lose a single tomato to bugs! Let your kids smash them up and sprinkle in a circle around the base of your plant. If you do have a slug problem, try cutting the low lying branches, too, so they have no way to get to your plant!

Boys are born to destroy, let them smash the eggshells!
POTS | When you crack an egg in half you end up with two little bowls. Those convenient little bowls are great to start seeds in! Simply add your preferred seed starting potting mix and plant a seed. When ready to be transplanted, the eggshell doesn't even need to be removed because it will decompose into the earth while adding nutrition to your new seedling.

FERTILIZER | Collecting your eggshells, crushing and distributing them through out your garden can give your plants a calcium boost. This is also why I put it around my tomato plants because I have heard it will help with blossom end rot.

SUPPLEMENTS | You can make your own calcium supplement with eggshells! Simply keep your cracked eggshells in the carton and once you have used all the eggs, boil the egg shells to kill any unwanted pathogens. Rinse and place on a cookie sheet any dry completely in the oven at 175F for 15 minutes. Once cooled, grind up until the become a powder. This powder can be used in homemade toothpastes, fed to back to your chickens or take no more than a 1 teaspoon a day for a calcium boost! I'll have another post on this soon!

There are probably more ways to reuse your eggshells, if you have any ideas, leave them in the comments below!

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