Using eggshell as fertilizer. They fertilize such plants as: onions, carrots, cherries, currants, lettuce, flowers.
The shell can be used in the garden in a crushed form or in the form of an infusion. The smaller the pieces of eggshell, the easier the substances from it are absorbed by plants. Therefore, in most cases, it is recommended to turn the collected material into powder by passing it through a meat grinder, grinding it with a coffee grinder or crushing it with a hammer.
Then this powder is added to the hole to deoxidize the soil and feed the plants. The rate of application of shell is up to 1 kg per square meter, if the soil is strongly acidified. True, it is very problematic to collect the amount of shells sufficient to deoxidize the entire vegetable garden. For this reason, gardeners are limited to applying powder in the holes. The shell in the form of small pieces is used when digging up the ground for the winter, as well as when it is necessary to protect the roots of plants from the invasion of rodents (mole, for example).
Eggshell infusion is another way to use it to feed plants. To prepare the tincture, a jar is filled with a shell, poured with boiling water and infused under the lid for a week. The unpleasant smell of the liquid and its turbidity should not scare you – this is a sign of the readiness of the tincture. Before use, it is diluted three times.
The tincture can be prepared in another way (in this case, there will be no unpleasant smell): pour the powder from the shell into a jar, fill the container with warm water and infuse for a day. For 3 liters of liquid – 0.5 liters of powder. Drain the obtained infusion, the shell can be filled with water again. It is not necessary to dilute the tincture obtained in this way.
Rules for collecting eggshells
With the wrong collection and storage technology, the eggshell will die very quickly, and you will have to get rid of it.
To prevent this from happening, you need to follow three rules:
- make sure that no visible traces of protein remain on the shell (rinse raw eggs inside);
- dry the shells in the air before placing them in a common container
- store in a cardboard box to avoid fading of protein residues.