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Post  DoreenPalmer on 6/3/2014, 1:47 pm

I have been researching regarding using eggshells in my garden. Does anyone here do that? Do you bake your eggshells? If yes what temp and how long. Another question about this do you ever add vinegar to break the eggs down faster? Do you wash your eggshells? Thank you if you have time to answer this.

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Post  NAR56 on 6/3/2014, 2:19 pm

I use them in my Tomato bed. All I do is wash the shells and let them air dry. Then I put them in as bag and crush them up to small bits and mix then in the soil. I also plant some deep cover with soil, then plant my tomato. I hope that helps you and I am sure others will chime in as well.

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Post  camprn on 6/3/2014, 2:31 pm

@DoreenPalmer wrote:I have been researching regarding using eggshells in my garden. Does anyone here do that? Do you bake your eggshells? If yes what temp and how long. Another question about this do you ever add vinegar to break the eggs down faster? Do you wash your eggshells? Thank you if you have time to answer this.
I have absolutely no time to faff about like that. I use the egg then the shell, into the compost bin it goes. the end.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 6/3/2014, 2:56 pm

1 minute on high in the microwave then I crush them up and put them in my compost bucket.

Takes care of any bacteria, the microwave actually crisps the shells a bit so the break up easily.  Super fast.

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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/3/2014, 3:21 pm

I plant Roma tomatoes for making sauce every year. They seem to be very susceptible to blossom end rot. A few years back I read about using eggshells to add calcium to the soil to prevent the rot. I started using them around the plants and have had very little or no problem with BER since. Seems to work for me. I don't plant the Romas in my sfg, they are in my traditional soil beds. I don't know if it is necessary in MM but I put it around all my tomatoes now just in case. Very Happy  I microwave the shells for 2 minutes and then crush them up. If you use this method make sure to use a glass container not plastic, the plastic gets melted sometimes. The shells will crackle and pop in the microwave and get really hot so be careful.

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Post  walshevak on 6/3/2014, 3:53 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:1 minute on high in the microwave then I crush them up and put them in my compost bucket.

Takes care of any bacteria, the microwave actually crisps the shells a bit so the break up easily.  Super fast.

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Same technique, but some go into the worm bin.

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Post  sanderson on 6/3/2014, 4:09 pm

Another method by necessity:

A neighbor has been saving cartons of egg shells for me. She leaves the cartons on the door step so it's kind of fun to find them. Well, they aren't rinsed. So I cracked them up, added some water and microwaved to steam them like I do my rinsed ones. Ugh! The stink! I think for her eggs, I will boil a pot of water and add them for a minute. Quickly drain in the sink, then rush the pan outside to spread contents on a news paper to dry. All while holding my breath!

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Post  Denese on 6/3/2014, 4:32 pm

I take mine and put them in my VitaMix with some water.  Blend for a few seconds and then pour them on the compost.  Never rinsed them.  Never heard of doing that.  Hmmmm. thinking

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Post  kensadams on 6/3/2014, 4:44 pm

An interesting video on using dried eggshells and banana peels for tomatoes
http://therustedgarden.blogspot.com/2013/06/making-eggshell-banana-peel-tomato.html

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/3/2014, 8:24 pm

@camprn wrote:
I have absolutely no time to faff about like that. I use the egg then the shell, into the compost bin it goes. the end.
+1, Camprn!  I'm the same way.

However...  one year we had some dry dog food that got old and "anty."  We put it around our tomatoes and they went absolutely crazy with growth & tomatoes.  I'd guess the cheaper, the better.  More bone & meal in them.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/3/2014, 8:56 pm

I generally wash, alternatively let them air-dry, and bake mine, because otherwise my dogs will dig through the compost pile to get them, eating who knows what rotten stuff in the process and making an unholy mess.

I collect them in a bag, then lean my palms on them and crush them about right inside the bag to help break down the bigger pieces. Then I line a cookie tray with foil, dump out the bag onto the foil and spread the shells around a bit. To bake, I just leave them in an oven that's cooling down from when I've been baking or roasting something else. The residual heat does the job of making the shells no longer interesting to my dogs. If I don't use foil, sometimes the shells stick to the pan. I just fold up and re-use the foil, if I haven't torn it.

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Post  Chopper on 6/3/2014, 9:15 pm

@camprn wrote:I have absolutely no time to faff about like that. I use the egg then the shell, into the compost bin it goes. the end.
Same here. I do not baby what goes into the compost. It breaks down or it doesn't. So far it has worked out pretty well.

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 6/3/2014, 9:25 pm

We use every egg shell we can.  After cracking them for the goodies inside, I rinse the shell and put it out on newspaper in the sunroom.  When they're very dry and crispy (and sun-sterilized), I smash them up with an old rolling pin and put the resulting shell "sand" around each and every tomato plant.  It would appear the sharp pieces of egg shell deter slugs, too.  Nonna

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 6/3/2014, 9:40 pm

Eggs can contain salmonella and since I don't know how well, long or even if that bacteria would live in my soil I choose to take the small extra step.  My compost often doesn't hit over 140.

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Post  Chopper on 6/4/2014, 1:51 am

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:Eggs can contain salmonella and since I don't know how well, long or even if that bacteria would live in my soil I choose to take the small extra step.  My compost often doesn't hit over 140.
Lots of stuff contains e coli or salmonella. Since I cannot steam my compost I have ceased worrying about it and take normal precautions. It is probably more prudent to do it your way, but I don't.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/4/2014, 7:24 am

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:We use every egg shell we can.  After cracking them for the goodies inside, I rinse the shell and put it out on newspaper in the sunroom.  When they're very dry and crispy (and sun-sterilized), I smash them up with an old rolling pin and put the resulting shell "sand" around each and every tomato plant.  It would appear the sharp pieces of egg shell deter slugs, too.  Nonna

Now THAT'S a good idea!  Hmmmmm... thinking

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