Don’t throw away your eggshells!

Are your garden plants looking under the weather? And did you just hardboil some eggs? Don’t throw away the water you boiled your eggs in just yet, because that may be just the kind of pick-me-up your plants need! You may be wondering, what do chicken eggs have to do with plants? That’s pretty far from the topic. But no, it isn’t, and your plants will be thanking you for this advice later!

Eggshells contain a high amount of calcium, which gives its hard exterior the strength it needs to protect the golden yolk contained within. Some of that calcium gets taken off by the heat when the egg gets boiled, and it stays in the water. Let the water you boiled eggs in cool down, then use it to water your plants. They’ll thank you for it and grow well, especially if they are garden plants like tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, etc. Then you can reap the rewards from your newfound plant watering technique once they bear fruit!

And if you’ve cracked any eggs for use in food, don’t throw away the eggshells! If you’re really into gardening, those eggshells can find a second life as compost. Composting is an ecologically friendly way to reuse food waste and turn it into nutrient-rich soil for use as fertilizers. Transferring the eggshells’ nutrients into the soil is a much better use of it than just throwing it out in the trash. The eggshells can also be used as seed starters to help your new plants with life! Just rinse out an eggshell half with warm water to remove the membrane, poke a small hole in the bottom of the shell so excess water can drain out, and fill the shell with soil. Add your seeds, and the new plant will draw nutrients from the shell to grow well and strong!

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