With the arrival of spring in the country begins a new planting season. For a rich harvest to visit our table, you need to take care of it in advance. And here not to do without fertilizer. Among the various options for feeding the ripening fruits, eggshell for the garden and garden deserves special attention, the use of a home product allows you to effectively fertilize the soil.
Eggshell Fertilizer - Useful Properties
Eggshell, which we throw into the garbage with the usual gesture, can be useful in garden affairs. After all, it contains such useful substances as the salt of carbonic acid and calcium, phosphates, magnesium salt of carbonic acid, potassium.
For the preparation of fertilizers are best suited eggshells of domestic chickens. Abundant feed of natural origin allows you to be sure - no harmful chemicals in the shell will not fall. However, in the absence of eggs of natural origin, you can use the store, but in this case the fertilizer will nourish the plant less.
It was also noted that the brown shell is somewhat thicker than the white one. Therefore, it is desirable to stock in the first place the shell of a dark color. The period of egg formation is also important. The shells of the autumn-winter period contain significantly more calcium salts than in the spring-summer period. Also, the product for fertilizer can be properly ignited by mixing it with ash.
- First of all, the shell obtained after breaking the egg must be washed. If this is not done, then the prepared fertilizer will acquire the unpleasant smell of rotting protein.
- Later dry thoroughly and store.
It is best to store the eggshell in paper bags, after crushing it. Clean and dry shells are used further depending on your chosen application.
How to use egg shells on site
There are different ways to make fertilizer. You can even grow seedlings with this valuable product. For this it is important to know for which plants the eggshell as a fertilizer is suitable.
- Capacity for seedlings.
We will need the shells broken at the top end. From the bottom edge, using an awl or needle, we make holes for drainage. After that, we fill the cavity of the eggshell with earth, and place the seeds of our plant there. After germination, we plant the plant together with the eggshell, which will provide the sprouts with the necessary trace elements and accelerate growth.
- Egg powder.
You can grind the shells in a variety of ways: using a blender, a coffee grinder, a mortar and. etc. After careful grinding, the egg powder is manually spread on the selected area. The experience of using this fertilizer shows that the optimal number of shells per 1 square meter. approximately 90 to 110 pieces. This amount of fertilizer is also advisable to apply if the soil in your area has a high acidity. Liming in this case can not be avoided, but soil fertility will increase significantly. If we don’t have enough shells, don’t despair. The next option is just for you.
- Liquid fertilizer.
We will need a shell of 5-6 eggs, which we grind and pour boiling water in a liter dish. After that, let our broth brew for 5 days, stirring occasionally. After the specified time the broth should become slightly hazy. Now liquid fertilizer is ready to use. Several times watering plants that do not like sour soil, you will provide an excellent harvest.
Eggshell as fertilizer - for which plants is used
The presence of eggshell in the soil in different forms will have a positive effect on the growth of cauliflower, watermelons, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers. Large pieces of the shell, mixed with the soil, will avoid the invasion of moles to your potatoes. Scattering the shell pieces over the soil will protect the cabbage from the snails.
Egg shell fertilizer will occupy a worthy place in your gardener's arsenal. It is universally suitable for the cultivation of vegetables, fruits, berries. Some owners use shredded shells even for houseplants.
In the garden, shells are often used for fertilizer:
Useful fertilizer is ideal for growing flowers in flowerbeds. You can use powdered powder or a liquid mixture prepared by the above method. The tool is especially necessary when the plant leaves wilted, poor color.
Most gardeners often use eggshells for garden or orchard, the use of the product is easy to use and does not require any special expenses. And the benefits of such a tool is immeasurable. After all, this fertilizer has a number of important trace elements that are so necessary for plants in the garden.
Why eggshell is an ideal fertilizer for plants
There is an opinion that the shell of store eggs is saturated with chemicals and contains almost no nutrients. It is not, the immune system of the egg-bearing bird neutralizes the shell from harmful substances so that the chick is healthy. In the shell of chickens (quails) industrial production is no more toxins than in products from poultry. It contains many natural micro-macro elements:
- more than 90% calcium carbonate
- 1.5% magnesium,
- other minerals as well as vitamins.
All this enriches the soil, makes the land fertile, breathable (the plant receives enough oxygen), loose and soft.
And more about natural fertilizers:
Often, inexperienced gardeners simply do not know how to use egg shells as fertilizer - they scatter the unwashed shells in large pieces on the ground, as a result, it attracts flocks of birds willing to feast on the product useful for their bone and muscular system, but the earth remains without additional feeding. Be sure to pre-clean the shells and chop
What vegetables, berries, fruits "love" egg shells
For which plants is the calcium groove feeding especially useful? Approximately 2 cups of calcium flour from the shell is used per square meter of soil. It is very beneficial to make it into the soil of the garden to improve the growth and development of the following vegetables and melons:
- tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants. As well as carrots, beets, cabbage, potatoes. Melons, watermelons,
- shrubs and fruit trees adore this dressing: raspberry, apple, gooseberry. Currant, pear, viburnum, apricot,
- adding eggshell increases the yield of strawberries, strawberries,
- Calcium stone fruits are especially needed (cherries, bird cherry trees, plums, and others), since a lot of mineral is spent in bone formation,
- citrus, legumes, conifers and green crops also need calcium fertilizer.
From its pieces an excellent drainage is obtained when growing seedlings in disposable cups. However, a surplus of calcium can harm young seedlings.
Chicken or quail eggshells are commonly used as fertilizer, because geese or turkeys have a very dense structure that is difficult to process into flour.
Calcium Flour Preparation
First you need to thoroughly wash the shells, and then immediately dry (put in the sun or warm in the oven). The main thing is to prevent the remnants of proteins on the walls, otherwise the future fertilizer will deteriorate.
The cleaned product can be crushed in a meat grinder, coffee grinder or other convenient way.
It is best to walk on it with a rolling pin, and afterwards to grind. Large pieces decompose long enough, and do not act on plants as quickly as small crumbs.
You should not save huge bags of powder, it is better to grind a little.
Finished calcium flour can be laid out on the banks, tightly closing the lid. Or stored inside paper bags. It is better not to use plastic bags - moisture is condensed inside the air, which causes rotting of the product.
How to make a liquid calcium solution
For infusions, you can use small pieces of shell and powder.
Lay out on glass jars, pour water and, tightly sealing the lid, put in a cool place without light.
After a week and a half - two weeks, when the tincture becomes cloudy, it will smell unpleasant, it's time to shed vegetable plants and fruit trees. Pre-dilute the liquid with plain water (1: 3 ratio).
Such feeding will help to grow a great crop.
Tiny cups for seedlings from the shell
You can use the halves of the egg for the distillation of plants from seed - it immediately receives the necessary calcium and other trace elements.
You can plant such seedlings together with egg "cups", at the same time fertilizing the soil.
Most often, this method is used in the cultivation of cabbage, pepper, tomatoes and melons.
Some simply burn the particles of the shell with the ashes, getting rich in trace elements fertilizer without washing, drying and grinding. Eggshell as a fertilizer produces a wonderful effect when used in any form.
Protective abilities of the shell
Use it in the garden can be to repel pests.
How to do it:
- against the moles will help pieces put in the hole,
- fine powder, scattered next to the culture, protects from slugs and medvedki.
In addition, the ground eggshell is not only natural calcium fertilizer, it is used to protect (alkalinity) souring soil in clay or marshy structures.
To reduce the acidity and increase the fertility of the site is enough for 1 square. m. pour the crushed flour from 30 chicken to 50 quail eggs. If we consider that an average family consumes from 30 to 100 eggs per month - 5 to 10 kg of unique useful calcium fertilizer is thrown into the garbage per year.
It is easier to determine the acidity: with a special device or by pouring a lump of earth with vinegar - if foam or bubbles appear, it means that there is enough alkali in it. If there is no reaction, the soil turns sour, it's time to lime it with a calcium dressing. When fertilizing the soil with eggshell, in spring or autumn, there is no difference.
The use of egg shells in the garden increases the yield by 2 times greater than it was before. Its origin is completely unimportant: material was taken from a domestic chicken coop or from a local poultry house.
It is pleasant to evaluate the result of our efforts, understanding that such a high yield was achieved without the use of chemical pesticides and nitrates.
The composition and structure of eggshell
In general, calcium in its pure form is a metal, in nature calcium compounds are more common - bicarbonates and salts formed from it. These salts are the constituents of limestone, chalk, and the shells of any eggs. Calcium carbonate takes up to 95% of the content in the composition of the solid shells of the egg. In addition, another 27 elements of the chemical periodic table are present in it. These are magnesium carbonate, magnesium phosphate, phosphorus, potassium, iron, aluminum, sulfur. In percentage terms, they occupy a very small part, but with constant fertilizer they will not go unnoticed either.
The films accompanying the shells themselves from the inside are rich in organic matter. Predominantly mucin and keratin.
The structure of calcium bicarbonate, which is present in large quantities in the shell, is different from the structure of the chemically obtained chalk.
PAY ATTENTION: Since the shell is created by nature itself, the calcium salts have a completely different crystalline form, which is better absorbed by plants.
Why shell is good for plants
Shelled eggs in ground form and in water infusions will benefit your garden, especially if it is on clay, heavy and acidic soils, because it contributes to:
- soil deoxidation. All over the world, soils with a pH level of 5.5 to 7 are considered fertile. Only with these indicators can the dissolution of nutrients surrounding the roots of a plant occur, and the absorption of these vital materials for photosynthesis and growth. And if the value is level 5, then this means that the soil is highly acidic, toxic to many plants, and you need to reduce acidity 100 times to lower this figure to an acceptable 6,
- mineral enrichment
- increase soil looseness. Plots allocated for gardens, are often clayey, heavy in structure. This (in addition to acidification) does not allow air to reach the root system, it leads to stagnation of water in the soil, and when the weather changes, it causes cracking of the soil and cutting off the roots. Adding egg shells significantly improves the aeration properties of the earth,
- repelling pests (medvedka, slugs, moles). If powder can be used for slugs and snails, then large pieces of shells are recommended for bearheads, shrews and moles. You can only slightly break it with your hands. The sharp edges of hard shells will prevent the spread of pests,
- protection against certain diseases (blackleg, vertex rot).
Using egg shells as fertilizer
For which plants can be used as a fertilizer shell
As you know, each plant has its own individual preferences. Some of them love the greater acidity of the soil, some less. Therefore, trying to feed the infusion from the shells or pour into the ground the powdered powder from them to violets (Saintpaulias of the Saints) is not only useless, but even harmful.
It is not necessary to make an excess of alkaline additives in the planting of asters. Seedlings of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants would rather be glad of watering from the shells, than direct to the substrate.
But they will respond very positively to the introduction of the shell into the ground:
- leaf salad,
- all kinds of cabbage
- watermelons, melons,
- greens (parsley, dill, celery),
- legumes (peas, beans, beans),
- stone fruit cultures (cherry, plum),
- seed trees (apple, pear),
- Bushes of raspberry, currant, gooseberry,
- citrus and conifers.
To find out what kind of soil prevails on your site, you can use the official method: take samples and take them to the laboratory, where after the research you will be given the exact numbers.
Recently, indicator tapes have become popular. A strip of such a tape is moistened with wet soil and immediately determined indicators of acidity.
But there is a faster and more affordable way: about 50 g of soil is collected in a bottle, and water is added up to 200 ml. Instead of a cap, use a compressed (rolled) rubber nipple (napalechnik). After a few minutes of vigorous shaking, bubbles from a chemical reaction will begin to form in the bottle. If this rubber on the nipple stretch a little, the soil is slightly acidic. But if gas formation is strong, then most likely liming you will not escape.
Gardeners recommend to determine the acidity of the soil simply look at the weeds growing in your garden.
On the neutrality of the soil will say:
Sour soil denote:
On alkaline grow:
DO NOT FORGET: one shell for a good development of garden plants is not enough!
Shells can be combined with purchased fertilizers, and you can combine this natural delicacy with the same natural fertilizers as onion peel, ash, banana skins, orange peel, nettle, walnut shells, potato peels. There is evidence that the potato was not sick and grew large and smooth, if ash, shell and onion peel were added to the wells when it was planted dry.
Synthesis of eggshell and onion peel will give maximum effect
From banana skins and zest of any citrus fruit is better to make decoctions (infusions). For example: 10 egg shells and a peel of 2 oranges are crushed, boiled for about half an hour in 3 liters of water, after infusing and cooling for several hours, you can water not only seedlings, but also any indoor plants that suffer from a lack of fertilizers, especially in spring.
Elemental composition and benefits
The outer shell of bird eggs is a natural source of calcium carbonate - an element that is easily and quickly absorbed by plants. The calcium content in the shell of the egg exceeds 90%.
- Less than 1% magnesium carbonate, calcium phosphate and magnesium phosphate. 1–2% of water.
- From 0.08% to 1% - aluminum, zinc, copper, fluorine, iron, manganese.
- Amino acids - cystine, lysine, isoleucine, methionine.
- Organic substances - proteins (mucin and collagen).
Enrichment of the soil with the listed microelements reduces its acidity and makes it loose, which leads to an increase in fertility. This is one of the reasons why egg shells are used for garden, garden and houseplants.
Recommendations for collection and storage
It is recommended to collect shells of eggs that have not undergone heat treatment. It contains all the elements necessary for the nutrition of the soil. Effective use of chicken and quail eggs, their shell is easily amenable to mechanical processing, and the useful elements contained in it, are well absorbed. The shell of the used egg must be washed. to remove protein residues. If the drying conditions of the shell are optimal, then the remaining protein will not become a source of unpleasant smell.
Скорлупки следует просушивать в сухом, теплом месте. Складывать их лучше в бумажные пакеты, картонные коробки, пластмассовые поддоны. Dried shells can be slightly crushed and stored in any container. Storage containers should not close tightly. Recycle collected material to a state of powder should be before use.
Grind the shells into powder using a blender, meat grinder, coffee grinder. It is convenient to grind small portions in a mortar. Many housewives put the shells in a tight package and rub them with a rolling pin.
Seedling growth stimulant
The shell is ground to flour and used for transplanting seedlings into open ground. At the bottom of each hole, pour 1-2 teaspoons of powder, plant a seedling, cover the hole with soil. Egg fertilizer in the form of a powder quickly dissolves, releases useful substances into the soil and makes it less acidic. Egg flour can be poured on the ground around the stem of the plant, it is a black leg disease prevention.
Top dressing, nutritious pots
Unground shells are used to make nutritious infusions. Halves are used as eco-pots for seed germination. In the dried shells with a needle or sewed bottom to make a drain hole. Fill the egg containers with earth and plant seeds of flowers or vegetables, no more than 2-3 pieces per 1 shell. From the egg shell soil will receive nutrients. When transplanting seedlings, it is enough to carefully split the pot so as not to obstruct the root of the young plant.
Reliable drainage and protection
Shelling in the form of small pieces is a good barrier for garden pests. She sprinkled between the rows, if stocks of eggs allow, you can sprinkle around each plant. The sharp edges of the shell are an obstacle to slugs and snails. Small shells are used as drainage for soil, they can be laid at the bottom of flower pots and contribute to the wells of plants. Such drainage makes the soil loose and a crust with capillaries does not form on its surface, through which moisture evaporates intensively. Due to the low decomposition rate, egg drainage has been operating for several years.
Natural Vitamin Fertility
It is possible to make fertilizer in several ways, but the result of application is always the same - a healthy and disease-resistant plant.
- Dried shells of 5 to 6 eggs should be put in a jar, pour 1 liter of boiling water, cover with a lid. Insist 5—7 days, stir. The finished solution is cloudy and has a specific smell of hydrogen sulfide. Before use, infusion diluted with water - 1 part solution to 3 parts of water.
- Two tablespoons of crushed shell pour 2 liters of boiling water. Insist before the smell. The diluted solution should be diluted with water in equal proportions.
- Quick way. Powder from five eggs poured into a large jar, pour three liters of boiling water tightly closed. Set a few hours, periodically stir the solution. The cooled fertilizer is ready to use. Dilution with water is not required.
For a good harvest, you should know how to use egg shells as fertilizer and for what crops.
A positive result brings dressing infusion fading and diseased houseplants. Treatment should be carried out 1 to 2 times a month. A small amount of fertilizer is applied before watering the plant. For healthy colors, the solution is not recommended. With caution infusion is used for fertilizing seedlings.
- Young peppers, eggplants and tomatoes love watering with an egg solution.
- Calcium is required for stone fruit crops - cherry, plum, bird cherry.
- Shrubs and trees, such as raspberry, currant, gooseberry, apple, pear, apricot, require infusion of fertilizer.
- Egg infusion increases the yield of strawberries and strawberries.
- All varieties of onions, broccoli, beets, lettuce, melon, pumpkin, watermelon. - cultures for which the egg shell as fertilizer is irreplaceable.
Many cultures feel good on hard, acidic soils and do not tolerate excess calcium. In this case, not applicable eggshell as fertilizer. For what plants should not use egg vitamin: for seedlings of strawberries, cucumbers, spinach and beans, as well as for indoor plants - hydrangea, gloxinia, violet, azalea, gardenia and pelargonium.
Fertilizer for the garden or flower dressing from the eggshell will be more effective if you add to it the husks of onion, garlic or ash. Good results are brought by the joint use of chemical and organic nutrients of the soil and plants.
Shell as a fertilizer for the garden
It is possible to make an excellent mineral fertilizer for a wide variety of plants from crushed powders pounded into powder. From a small shell of eggs it turns out pretty a lot of valuable feedingthat can be used all year round. It is very useful because:
- Unlike complex industrial fertilizers, it does not contain aggressive chemicals,
- Top dressing of industrial production is not always of good quality. If the gardener uses egg waste, he can be one hundred percent sure of its effectiveness,
- Fertilize the land in this way possible without restrictions, while top dressing of industrial production must be made strictly following the recommended dosage,
- This is organic food. It is completely decomposed and does not contain harmful decomposition products.
The shell is very popular with amateur gardeners because it contains a high concentration of calcium. On soil enriched with calcium, plants grow and develop intensively. If the earth is poor in calcium, the plants develop poorly. Calcium deficiency has a negative effect on flowering, fruiting horticultural crops, and also leads to various diseases.
Application in the garden
This feeding should be used correctly. When making mineral fertilizer made from natural waste, keep in mind the following:
- The simplest way to feed a garden or vegetable garden with the help of a shell - just throw it on the ground under the trees and shrubs. However, in this form, they can lie on the ground for quite a long time, until they are blown away,
- It is best to do differently. Seasoned gardeners keep a special canvas bag at home or in the country and each time they eat a boiled egg and put waste there. When the shells accumulate a lot, you can start making valuable fertilizer,
- In addition, you need to pull the accumulated "good" out of the cherished bag, fold it into a capacious dish (for example, in a saucepan) and gently crush it into the smallest powder. After that, you can safely fertilize the land.
The main advantage of the shell, crushed into powder, is that this powder is absorbed by the soil almost instantly, like any other mineral fertilizers in the form of powders.
Believers believe that in no case should the remains of consecrated Easter eggs be used for this purpose. This opinion is based on the priests' claim that Easter eggs are a shrine that cannot be trampled underfoot.
For the manufacture of mineral fertilizers can be taken leftover eggs: chicken, goose, duck or turkey. The highest concentration of calcium is found in domestic, "village" eggs. It should also be borne in mind that white egg cleaning does not contain more calcium than brown eggs.
Fertilizers from eggs for garden plants are used by many gardeners for reasons of economy. And this really has its reason. If the gardener fertilizes the earth with a shell of boiled eggs, then you do not need to buy products containing calcium. Regular feeding of land in a similar way fully satisfies the need garden plants in this valuable substance.
One of the advantages of the shell is that it definitely does not harm. Also make it very convenient. You do not need to dilute the powder in water, you do not need to thoroughly wash your hands after contact, and you do not need to work in protective gloves. To fertilize the land, it is enough to go out into the garden with a bag in which there is powdered shelland carefully dispel shell on the ground.
It is not recommended to feed on a windy day, because the wind can dispel the powder, and then nothing will fall on the ground. It is also not recommended to feed in the rain, because the shell that fell on the ground, immediately wash away with rain. The ideal time to make is a fine, windless day. It is best to fertilize the garden in the daytime, so that the gardener can see where the shell has already got, and where it has not yet come.
Seasoned gardeners do not recommend the use of whole shells, not crushed into powder. First, the powder is better and faster absorbed. Secondly, doing gardening works (for example, weeding), the gardener risks cutting himself on the shell hidden in the ground. Such cases occur quite often.
Some more recipes
It would be nice if you mix the egg shells crushed to powder with ash. They rich in calcium, and ash contains a high concentration of potassium and, in addition, scares off dangerous pests of agricultural crops. The shelf life of the eggshell, as well as the shelf life of the ash, is unlimited. You can prepare for the future a few large bags of such fertilizer, and then gradually pack it into small bags and take out as needed.
If the soil is rich in calcium, the weight still makes sense to use egg shells, since, in addition to calcium, this valuable product contains a large number of trace elements that make the soil more fertile. During the application of powder fertilizer should be applied not only under the plants, but also nearby, as well as in the row spacing. You can also make a powder from the shell and on those areas where nothing is planted at the moment. It is quite possible that next year some culture will be planted in this place, and then Valuable fertilizer will work. The effect of land milled egg shells can last several years.
Eggshell, dried and ground into powder is an indispensable product for those who are seriously keen on gardening and horticulture. The use of this fertilizer helps not only to save a decent amount, but also to get a good harvest, without spending a lot of time and effort. The main thing - the systematic use of egg shells. If you apply fertilizer regularly, the results will be noticeable after a few months. Eggshell is a top dressing to which almost all garden plants readily respond.
What is the value of eggshell as fertilizer
It cannot be said that the eggshell is a complete fertilizer, but it contains many useful components. Approximately 90% of it consists of calcium carbonate - this is the same substance as natural chalk or limestone. Therefore, the use of shell in crop production makes sense, especially in acidic soils. The remaining 10% has an impressive list of items, including the very necessary plants.
So, 100 g of raw shells contain 80 mg of potassium, 400 mg of magnesium, 150 mg of phosphorus, and also copper, molybdenum, zinc, cobalt, etc. Is this much or little? If shells could have accumulated several kilograms, this would be a full-fledged replacement for purchased mineral fertilizers. In real life - a useful addition to them. But if there is a possibility, why not use it?
The main point in the use of the shell is to reduce the acidity and improve the mechanical characteristics of the soil. To put in order the acidity on unsuitable soils, for 1 m 2 it is necessary to use a shell of at least fifty chicken eggs. Of course, it is easier to pour lime, but ... Normally ground shells are also baking powder of the soil, contributing to the supply of oxygen to the roots, but do not forget about trace elements!
Shells are also used as a protection against many pests: if you grind it not very finely, then with sharp edges the shell scratches the delicate skin of slugs, hurts the inside of the bear. Prevents the shell and the spread of certain plant diseases developing in the soil.
The maximum benefit will be when using the shell from raw eggs: after all, when cooking, many of the trace elements will go into the water. In shell, boiled eggs, in fact, of the useful components will be only calcium, and it is hardly worth spending time on its preparation. From the shell of raw eggs are as follows.
- Well washed in running water. If you do not wash the shell from organic matter, the processes of decay and deterioration will begin
- Lay out on the fabric to dry.
- After a week, grind it in any available way (with a hammer, rolling pin, mortar, meat grinder, etc.) to the state of coarse flour (as a fertilizer) or into pieces of 5-10 mm in size (for use against pests). The degree of grinding depends on the purpose of the shell
- The crushed shells are stored in cardboard boxes or paper bags, and calcined for use for half an hour at a temperature of about 100 o C.
Variants of use in the garden, garden and for indoor plants
If egg shells are used as fertilizer, they are applied to the soil when digging or the plants are fed with infusion (pour the powder with hot water, filter the beds and pour water over the day). For example, a teaspoon of powder is added to cabbage or melons when planted in a well. Under the berry bushes in the spring, a handful of ground shells are shallowly buried in the soil. Annual flowers, onions, beets, legumes 2 times a month, pour the extract of the shell.
Shells should not be used for growing plants that grow on slightly acidic soils: hydrangeas, petunias, ferns, basil, sorrel, etc.
In the indoor floriculture, too, must be careful. Many flowers prefer acidic soils, so under them they do not use the shell at all. This, for example, gloxinia, pelargonium and all kinds of violets.
For the rest of the indoor flowers a lot of shell is not required. So, when planting on a standard pot take, mixing with the soil, not more than half a teaspoon of powder. Once a week the flowers are watered diluted infusion. For this 2 tbsp. spoons of powder pour 1 liter of boiling water and insist 5 days, then filtered.
In addition to being used as a fertilizer and soil deoxidizer, eggshell goes for the following purposes:
- as disposable miniature pots for seedlings (when transplanted to a garden bed, the shell is carefully broken), Using the shell as a pot, you need to understand that its size is small: for most crops, it is very problematic to bring seedlings in this way to the bed
- as a drainage for indoor flowers (a slightly mashed shells of 2–4 eggs are put on the bottom of the pot),
- to fight with black leg (sprinkle powder root zone seedlings),
- as a remedy for pests (scatter in the beds and in the top layer of soil, the shells broken to not very small pieces). In order for the shell to be effective against slugs and snails, it must not be ground very much, and sprinkle the beds thickly
Eggshell is a valuable source of trace elements and a good soil deoxidizer. If used correctly, it saves money and improves the structure and fertility of the soil in the garden, and in pots for indoor plants.
Adding an article to a new collection
Not everyone knows that an egg shell, inconspicuous at first glance, can be an excellent fertilizer for your vegetable garden. We will tell you how to use it properly and how useful it is for vegetable crops.
Eggshell has long been used as a fertilizer. It is based on easily digestible calcium carbonate (92-95%) and trace elements important for plant development: potassium, silicon, magnesium, phosphorus, etc. All plants, such as onions, carrots, cherries, currants , leaf lettuce, solanaceous crops, flowers.
Application of egg shell in the garden
The shell is used in agriculture as in a ground form, and in the form of infusion. But keep in mind: the smaller pieces of eggshell, the easier the substances from it are absorbed by plants. Therefore, in most cases, the collected material is recommended to be converted into flour.
Dried egg shells are ground in a meat grinder, mortar or coffee grinder.
Root top dressing for garden cultures
Dry shells from 4-5 eggs are ground to a powder. Then pour boiling water and cover with a lid. Then allow to settle for 5-7 days. The mixture is stirred daily. Then the liquid is diluted with water 1: 3 and watering seedlings of peppers, eggplants, beets and other vegetables and root crops.
Means for improving soil structure
Eggshell powder reduces soil acidity and at the same time feeds plants. To do this, usually use 1-2 glasses of crushed shell per square meter. And if the soil is very acidified, then make more - up to 1 kg per square meter.
In the autumn digging of the plot, the shells of rough grinding are mixed with the soil. This makes the ground more friable and improves air access.
Before using the shell is recommended to calcine in the oven. This will help calcium to "go" into the soil faster.
Protective agent against diseases and pests
Порошком из скорлупы опудривают рассаду растений для защиты от "черной ножки", а внесением этого средства в почву защищают корни растений от нашествия кротов.
Кроме того, яичная скорлупа – надежное средство борьбы с медведкой. Для этого скорлупу размалывают, добавляют подсолнечное масло и закапывают между рядами высаженных растений. После такого "угощения" насекомое-вредитель погибает.
You can simply chop the egg shells to a powder and sprinkle around the plants in the garden
And also the shell poured under the plants prevents the invasion of slugs, which rough surfaces are unpleasant.
Eggshell, even in large quantities, does not harm plants. Therefore, such a budget and useful dressing can be put in the wells just before planting any crops. Just sprinkle a small handful - and your green pets will respond with rapid growth and excellent harvest.