I have written about using Kitchen ingredients in your garden to improve your soil. I love using coffee grounds in the Old House Garden as they are especially good for acid loving plants such as Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Recently, I have been trying to add more crushed egg shells to the garden as this is one organic way to improve your soil and deter slugs and snails.
We eat quite a few eggs each week and usually I would add these to my compost bin. Recently, I have been drying them and crushing them up to add to the garden.
Stopping those pesky slugs and snails
I try to garden organically and, at this time of year we always have an explosion of slugs and snails. Although we have an abundance of frogs and toads and a couple of resident hedgehogs that eat these pests, they still munch their way through my perennials. I can’t even grow delphiniums as they just don’t survive! I’ve tried beer and salt traps and these do work to a certain extent, especially in raised vegetable beds but this year I decided to add loads of crushed egg shells to see if this would make a difference. It’s definitely a deterrent as the slugs and snails don’t like crossing the barrier of crushed egg shells. Crushed egg shells also make quite a good mulch, although you do need loads!
Broken eggs are brilliant as mini plant pots and they are biodegradable too! Pop a small amount of soil or cotton wool in each one and sew seeds of your choice.
Use them as a soil conditioner.
Egg shells are fabulous for adding calcium to the soil which plants need to make their cell walls; eggs are made of calcium carbonate. You can ground the egg shells and add them to your soil. They do take a while to break down but it’s worth it for the benefit of the plants. Tomatoes in particular love calcium so you could put some crushed egg shells in the planting hole before planting them. I also think the birds like to eat some of the crushed shell as I’ve seen them flying in to take it.
I hope you find these tips helpful.
June #MyGloriousGardens will be hosted by the lovely Ann over at Gardening Limited. I do hope you will pop over to hers to link up your gardening posts. It will open on June 1st at 7am U.K. time.
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.