Eggs are a highly tasty household item to add to any meal. Whether it be scrambled egg for breakfast, fried egg on toast for lunch and a boiled egg with salad for dinner, it is no surprise that it is estimated that an average person, Worldwide, will consume 150 to 200 eggs per year!
And with that comes a lot of empty eggshells. Are you aware that eggshells are great in the garden for an array of reasons including as a fertiliser and pest deterrent?
Firstly, eggshells are a simple way of giving an extra boost of calcium to your compost. To do this, throw your shells on the compost heap or into the barrel and turn them under. As shells have a high surface area to volume ratio they are able to decompose at a quick rate so being cautious when adding them isn’t entirely necessary.
Additionally, if you are experiencing problems with snails and slugs, simply sprinkle crumbled eggshells around the plants where the pests have been spotted. The sharp edges of the shells will be a caution to the pests and they are therefore likely to move somewhere else where they are less prone to being injured.
Alternatively, if you are looking for fast results we have a method that may suit you. By grinding the shells and placing them in vinegar overnight, the shells will be broken down and will, therefore, speeds up the calcium being ready to be utilised by your plants.
Another controversial household item that could be of great use to your garden is green tea. As green tea contains a large amount of iron, it is perfect for raspberry plants as well as many other factors.
These include soil enrichment as they are high in nitrogen and consequently useful for supporting healthy plants. Composting as they can go directly into the compost pile. As well as for watering plants after leaving the leftover tea bags in a watering can for a few days. However, if doing this make sure to throw out the tea bag or leaves after soaking as they may attract parasites.
9. Epsom Salt
Not only limited to health and beauty, but Epsom salt is also great for the garden too.
It is believed that Epsom salt is perfect for inhibiting the growth of weeds in driveways and cracks. Not only that, but it is also known to be able to extend the life of cut flowers and flowerpots.
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