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SNUGGLEBUG2 Posts: 2,903
7/25/12 7:22 P

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I air dry rinsed eggshells for several days and then blend them to powder in an old blender. I then soak the powder in water overnight and pour that around my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants for extra calcium.

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7/9/12 8:17 P

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sorry about your hosta. is there anything good about slugs?


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7/9/12 11:23 A

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There is a reason to wash eggshells if you give them back to your chickens. If you don't the chickens will start to eat their eggs. We learned this the hard way.

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3/7/12 5:38 P

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I had not heard of egg shells recommended for tomatoes.... Yea! Another use for them. They did not keep slugs away from my hosta... emoticon

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3/6/12 7:35 P

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I'm another who puts crushed (unwashed) eggshells around my strawberries for the slugs, and in the hole under my tomatoes when I transplant them to prevent blossom end rot.

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2/24/12 7:12 P

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I buy my fish emulsion at a local garden center.

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2/24/12 12:56 P

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My step dad worked @ Hyponex, years ago they had a plant food that was called "fish emulsion" you added it to water, it stunk & looked like something from a babies diaper...but, my house plants LOVED it, I wish I could find it now!

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2/24/12 11:59 A

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Grandpa used to bury fish heads under his roses, which were always beautiful.

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2/23/12 1:10 P

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I lived on an inland lake in MI when I was a kid. We used to bury the dead fish at the base of a bush so it would decompose and feed the bush.

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2/23/12 1:06 P

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After searching, I just read that you can put whole, old eggs in the dirt, under tomato plants & the roots will crack the egg & get the nutrients, not only from the shell, but the egg. I wonder if this will work for ALL of my fruits & veggies...I have A LOT of old eggs!

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2/23/12 12:49 P

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emoticon we'll make sure I do this come Spring plantings.



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2/23/12 11:14 A

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I just give mine a quick rinse with running water because I save them in a plastic container in the house for sprinkling around seedlings. I think if I didn't wash them they would smell (think rotten eggs). Also, I think rinsing them breaks up the membrane and makes them easier to crush fine. Since I started sprinkling them around seedlings for cutworms, I too noticed that they prevented slugs and blossom end rot.

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Travelnista, we dry our eggshells in a warm oven til they are crunchy and break them up, sprinkle them thickly around the bases of our plants. Doesn't look real pretty, but it does seem to keep the slugs away.

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2/23/12 9:30 A

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We use eggshells for slug control, too. Slugs love our strawberries!!

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2/23/12 9:24 A

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1234Mom do you put them down in the soil or just sprinkle them around the stems of the plants?



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I heard that eggshells were good because they are slippery. I didnt realise it cut them.

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I start saving eggshells in December and put them in a bucket and let them dry out. Occasionally when I need more room I crush them down. They are great around the night shade plants (tomatoes, peppers and eggplants) and around plants that slugs are lurking under...they cut themselves on them.

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Don't know exactly where I read that one is to wash the egg shells. I did a bunch of reading from library books and internet.

Guess I'll keep composting the egg shells. Whew!

Wonderful ideas for other egg shell uses. Wonder if crushed shells would keep the CA snails at bay.....

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Don't wash mine either.

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No reason to wash the egg shells for the compost unless you have a small compost bin in the house and are trying to keep the smell down. The only ones I wash are the ones I grind up as calcium supplements for my dogs when feeding raw meat.
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hmmmm...got me thinkin'...I have a frige full of old eggs, I wonder if I can just throw the whole egg in compost!

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I don't wash my egg shells.

I do dry some in a low oven and then crush them up to spread thickly around my veg plants. We think it helps deter our voracious northwest slugs.

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2/22/12 5:11 P

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I just toss them in the bin "as is." I crush them up and use them in the worm box, too.

Do you know why you're supposed to wash them? Is it a disease prevention thing? Or maybe so as not to attract animals?

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I use as compost too! The water idea sounds interesting.



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My Mom used to have "Ugly Water"---she threw her eggshells in a gallon pitcher filled with water. She used the water for her plants and they were very healthy for it. She never washed her eggshells. Where did you hear you had to wash them?

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We never wash ours. We just toss them in the compost pile.

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I don't do anything to them - just throw them in the compost bucket. But I have chickens that do the composting for me and the shells are good for them. That said, we also collect shells to use when planting tomatoes, peppers and eggplants (to stop blossom end rot) and we never wash them.

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I've read that one is to wash the egg shells before composting them.

Is this true? If so, why?

If I have to wash the residual egg from inside the shell...... I'm gonna just toss the eggshells.

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