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Step 3: Eggstraordinary for Plants

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Are you eating a hardboiled egg right now? WAIT! Don't pour out the water you used to boil it just yet!

Eggshells contain a high amount of calcium, which plants love. Let your hard-boiled-egg water cool, and use it to water your plants. They'll thank you for it - especially your solanaceous garden plants (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, etc.).

If you've broken a few eggs to make your french toast, be sure to compost those shells! Or, if you have a particularly straight break, consider saving the shells for seed starters. Rinse the shell halves out with warm water to remove the membrane. Poke a small hole in the bottom with a pin to allow for draining, and fill the shell with soil. Press in your seeds, which will draw in extra nutrients from the shells and grow up nice and tall!
 
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johnny3h3 years ago
I'm just "thinkin out loud" here, BUT...  IF the water in which the eggs were boiled is HIGH in CALCIUM, THEN why not bottle it [when slightly cooled], keep it in the fridg, and drink 8 ounces or so per day to ensure plenty of Calcium in your food intake?
Because that's probably pretty gross.
kilbia3 years ago
I don't trust myself to garden yet, but I rent an apartment that has holly bushes outside. I "feed" them lots of other things, but I'll be sure to add egg-water to the list. Thanks!
ldarby3 years ago
use broken egg shells in your garden as a natural slug killer