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!
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.
kilbia4 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!
ldarby4 years ago
use broken egg shells in your garden as a natural slug killer