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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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. Birgit
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?
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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