There are countless uses for eggs, at home and in many different places; in fact, we don’t think using eggs can be outdone, as eggs are known to be one of the best healthy foods you can have. Perhaps one of the most popular uses is the use of eggs for culinary purposes.
Over time, however, the use of eggs has increased in the beauty department and the hairdressing world. Unsurprisingly, there has been a lot of buzz recently about using eggshells for growing plants. Surprised? While in most cases the part of the egg used is the white and the yolk, in the world of gardening the part of the egg used is the shell.
Eggshells are often considered waste; it is often discarded after egg collection. What many people don’t know is that eggshells contain valuable nutrients that are beneficial to plants. Besides, eggshells also perform many other functions, such as repelling crawling insects and pests, and beautifying the plant.
Not surprisingly, eggshells cannot be used for all plants and are only beneficial or specific to certain plants. This isn’t due to the eggshell’s lack of potency; This is because not all plants need the nutrients found in eggshells. Giving plants what they don’t need is wasting resources or destroying your plant.
What nutrients are in eggshells?
- Calcium: Eggshells contain a large amount of calcium. Eggshells are known as one of the most calcium-rich ingredients in the world. Plants that benefit from eggshells are primarily those that need calcium to grow or stay healthy.
- minerals: In addition to calcium, eggshells contain a large amount of various minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon, sodium, iron, etc. All of these, when placed in the soil or when a plant is fertilized, improve the overall growth of the plant.
- Amino acids: Certain beneficial amino acids are important for human and plant health, and eggshells contain them. Cysteine, Lysine, Methionine and many more.
10 plants that love eggshells
The following plants can be covered in eggshells and be useful, either as a fertilizer or in some other way.
The marigold plant is known for its orange-yellow flowers, which is why the plant is grown for ornamental purposes. The plant is also known to be used for stomach ailments, eye infections, inflammation, and more.
A major problem with growing marigolds in the garden is that they are often damaged or disturbed by slugs and snails. Placing eggshells around the marigold plant will keep crawling pests away from the plant.
Strawberries are grown around the world for their fruit. The strawberry is known for its bright red color, sweetness and texture. It is not uncommon to have strawberries in gardens because they are so easy to grow.
Your strawberry will grow even better if it receives the proper nutrients to grow. Calcium, potassium and many other nutrients are nutrients that eggshells can provide and are beneficial for the growth of your strawberries. This will help produce larger flower buds.
Pumpkin is a fruit commonly classified as a vegetable, just like the tomato. This is probably because it is used as a vegetable when used for cooking. It can be said that the pumpkin plant is relatively easy to grow, as long as it is supplied with all the necessary nutrients.
A surefire way to ensure your pumpkin is getting the nutrients it needs is to place crushed eggshells around the plants. The nutrients contained in the shell of the egg ensure strong growth of the pumpkin.
Cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables; it is a biennial plant grown as an annual vegetable crop. The vegetable is available in colors ranging from green to red (purple) or white. It comes from the Brassica family and is related to broccoli and cauliflower. Cabbage is one of those vegetables that grows easily in your garden. Eggshells provide calcium to promote plant growth, prevent slugs and snails from entering your plant.
Eggplant is a tropical perennial plant popularly grown for its edible fruit. Fruits come in different shapes, sizes and even colors. Eggshells, when placed around eggplants, will stimulate the overall growth of the plant. Besides, it also protects the plant against pests such as snails, earthworms, snails and other vermin.
Growing bell pepper is an easy task, as long as it receives sunlight and well-drained soil. The eggshells around your pepper plant provide a slow but steady supply of calcium, which will help your plant reach its full potential and ward off pests and disease.
The tomato is one of the best known and most consumed vegetables in the world. Tomatoes contain very high nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, potassium, etc. Tomatoes are mainly and commonly used for culinary purposes and are often recommended for specific people suffering from diseases or conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, etc.
Not providing tomatoes with the nutrients they need to grow will stunt their growth.
Calcium is an important nutrient needed by tomatoes; lack of calcium leads to terminal rot. Eggshells contain a very large amount of eggshells, growing tomatoes with eggshells protects your plant from flower rot, improves the flavor of the fruit and also improves the shelf life of tomatoes.
Spinach is a runny green leafy plant. It is a common vegetable that is often eaten fresh or after storage. The vegetable can also be eaten cooked or raw.
Growing spinach with eggshells as fertilizer or compost or simply as an addition to the soil will provide the plant with the proper amount of calcium it needs to grow well. Eggshells also prevent plant diseases and infections. Pests are also kept at bay through the use of eggshells.
Broccoli is an edible plant from the cabbage family. The plant has a head and stem with large flowers and is eaten as a vegetable. The plant, like all the others in its family, is quite easy to grow and will keep in the garden as long as all of its needs are met.
Adding eggshells to the soil of the broccoli plant helps boost the overall growth of the plant; it also keeps pests away.
Lettuce is an annual plant and is often grown for its green leaves, stem and seeds. Lettuce is used for salads. It’s not uncommon to have pests around your lettuce plant, but one way to keep them away is to use eggshells. Eggshells also help lettuce grow well.
Eggshells are very valuable to the farmer; you just need to know how to use them for your plants. The garden isn’t the only place you need eggshells, you can also use them for your potted plants and houseplants.
Eggshells are beneficial for everyone as long as they need the calcium and other nutrients that come with eggshells. Next time you have a pile of eggshells, remember that you will need them for your plants.
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