What do you do with the eggshells that are left over after you eat the delicious eggs?
We all know that eggs are excellent sources of protein, minerals and vitamins, and are often touted as high on the list of most nutritious foods. A trillion egg are consumed each year, each person eating on average 150 or more eggs during that time period! That makes a lot of eggshells left after the meal.
Most people generally toss the eggshells, right into the garbage. With eggshells being an excellent source of calcium carbonate, as well as a binder of protien, they make a wonderful source of calcium. An eggshell is ninety six percent calcium. The commercial sector makes use of them for fertilizer, calcium boosters in animal feed, among a few other things. For the home gardener, eggshells are a wonderful resource. Take a look at these ideas:
Eggshells are wonderful for your compost, adding calcium to the finished product. They don’t need to be ground up, and can be tossed in whole. The surface area of eggshells makes them break down rapidly, so they are incorporated quickly. Some gardeners like to put eggshells in the bottom area of wherever they are planting to make those nutrients readily available to their growing plants. For wintertime preparations, many gardeners will boil the shells for a few minutes to make sure they were cleaned out and just toss the shells out into the area where they plan to plant the garden in the spring, and turn them under as they do their spring garden preparations. If you aren’t a fan of having those eggshells lying out all winter, you can save them and then spread them on the soil before you plant. There are some plants, like tomatoes and peppers, that are readily affected by a lack of calcium and so they also are most positively affected by the addition of eggshells with the calcium and other minerals.