While I cook with eggs nearly every day, feeding my red worms sharp eggshells is a giant no-no. Their small, slimy bodies would be ripped to shreds. As I considered my options for the eggshells, I thought about the new butter lettuce that has already pushed its way through the soil this year. Last year, I had an outbreak of green caterpillars that called dibs on my lettuce, and ate far more garden-fresh salad that I did. As I thought about how frustrating those caterpillars were, I crushed the eggshells in my hand. Grrrrrr! And then the light bulb went off. This year I'm cutting the caterpillars off at the pass, literally.
It may sound disgusting, but I plan on lining the beds of all my tender greens with crushed up eggshells in order to shred the bodies of unwanted worms, slugs, and snails.
I've spent far too much time stalking the perfectly camouflaged bodies of these pests, and this year, I'm hoping that my eggshell "spike strip" will help do my dirty work.
My lettuce, Swiss chard, rhubarb, lemon balm, mint, cabbage, and cauliflower are already surrounded. Once my tomatoes, eggplant and peppers go in the soil, they too will get the same treatment- not only for their own protection, but because the added calcium from the shells will help nourish the soil and keep them healthy.
In conclusion, eggshells are awesome for:
- Stress-relief (crushing them in your bare hands can be quite satisfying)
- Slicing up the soft bodies of slimy garden pests and
- Supplementing your soil
- Plus, you were probably just going to throw them out anyway, right? So they are basically free!
Happy gardening everyone, and I hope you all have a nice weekend.