Egg shells are considered one of the best folk fertilizers containing calcium. Therefore, many gardeners and floriculturists constantly collect them in order to feed the garden and vegetable crops on their plot, as well as indoor plants. But egg shells are not always used correctly.
The point is that this accessible fertilizer is not useful for all plants, so you should not throw it thoughtlessly into a bed or a pot with indoor plants.
But for other plants this cheap fertilizer will be very useful, just grind the eggshell in a meat grinder and the resulting powder can be used as a fertilizer.
- How to collect and store eggshells
- What are eggshells used for
- For sandy soils
- For heavy Heavy Acidic Soils
- Pest Control
- What plants like this kind of fertilizer
- For Sprouts
- A video about what, How to make a solution of eggshells to fertilize plants
How to make and keep eggshells
We generally use eggshells from raw eggs as fertilizer as they retain more nutrients than boiled eggshells. It should be scalded with boiling water before harvesting to remove the unpleasant aroma.
The shells are dried on a warm tray. After it has dried, break up the large pieces, put the shells in a paper bag or box, and put them away in a dry place for storage. If the shells are put away in polyethylene, moisture will form there and the product will spoil.
What do you use eggshells for
Egg shells contain the following minerals:
- sulfur and several other minerals.
After application to the soil, the shell begins to rot, providing long-lasting nutrients to crops.
For sandy soils
This fertilizer is great for crops that need large amounts of calcium.
For heavy acidic soils
Eggshells are a deoxidizer for this type of soil, make the soil more fertile and loosen it causing oxygen to flow easily to the root system of garden and vegetable crops.
Eggshells help control a number of pests, they are effective against:
- color beetle;
- bears and several other parasites.
Чтобы бороться с медведкой, To fight the midge, crush the eggshells, mix them with vegetable oil and put them in between the rows.
For the Colorado potato beetle and its larvae, grind the shells into powder and powder the pests.
For larger pests (slugs, snails, moles, bears) you must create a barrier of large pieces of shell around the plants - these pests cannot get through this \"fence\" to the plants.
You may make liquid egg shell fertilizer as follows:
- dried eggshells are ground in a coffee grinder;
- poured into a glass jar and filled with water;
- covered with a lid;
- stowed in a dark cool place for 12-14 days.
Open the pot by cloudy water and unpleasant smell.
Before using, the infusion is diluted with water at a ratio of 1:3 and applied under the root of cultivated plants.
What plants like this fertilizer
There are several vegetable crops and fruit trees that greatly need fertilizers that are high in calcium, like eggshells.
Before planting the plants, add a handful of crushed eggshells to the holes, pour a layer of garden soil on top and plant the cauliflower.
A layer of eggshells can be put in between rows to deter slugs.
If this vegetable crop lacks calcium during fruit ripening, the ripening tomatoes can begin to rot - the top begins to turn red and the bottom turns black and dries out.
Egg shells can help avoid such trouble, but you should add them while the tomato bushes are still growing and developing, since they do not decompose immediately.
For the ripening fruit of plum trees to be juicy and not to crack, they need large amounts of calcium during ripening.
Egg shells decompose gradually and give away useful substances for a long time. Many gardeners put large-sized eggshells under fruit trees, then the trees get calcium from them for several years.
If during the growth and ripening of potato tubers, crushed eggshells were put in between the rows, the tubers collected will be quickly boiled and become softer.
To prevent blackleg damage to growing seedlings, simply add eggshell powder to the substrate when preparing nutrient substrate for seedlings.
Video on how to make eggshell solution for fertilizing plants
A useful video on how to make an effective liquid fertilizer from eggshells for vegetable garden. Join in watching!
It is important to remember that eggshells take a long time to decompose in the soil, so if they are used as fertilizer, they are put in the soil during the fall digging. Then by spring the soil on the plot will be saturated with calcium and other minerals that were part of the eggshells.