Some of you got ahead of me with putting egg shells in the garden. I had this post started for the weekend but yes, egg shells are great for the garden. So are coffee grounds and banana peels and probably lots of other things.
Egg shells provide calcium for the tomatoes and also help prevent blossom end rot. They also are said to help prevent slugs from damaging the tomato plants. It may not be necessary but I boil my egg shells before using them. Sometimes I just put them in a big bowl and pour boiling water over them.
Depending on what else is going on in the kitchen, they’ll usually sit there for several hours. Then I drain them, let them dry completely and put them in a plastic bag til I have plenty . . which doesn’t take long. They’re gently pounded to crush.
Then they’re spread around tomato and basil plants.
Another thing I use sparingly is coffee grounds. They’re very acidic and there’s a lot of discussion on garden forums about whether or not they should be used. Many years ago, I did a comparison by adding coffee grounds to some of my plants and not to others and those with the coffee grounds did better. I add about 1 tablespoon of grounds to each plant about once a month and then work the dirt to bury the grounds around the plant.
Can you see the grounds there on the ground? After working the grounds into the dirt, I sprinkle the egg shells around the plant.
Banana peels are also useful. I chop those up and add them to potassium loving peppers. If I had enough bananas, I’d pop a peeling in the hole before planting each plant but since I hadn’t been saving them in the freezer this year, I’m just using them as I get them.
Just place some chunks of peeling around the base of the plant and work the dirt around it. Happy peppers! 🙂