"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Monday, 22 August 2011

Eggcellent

Another eco-friendly form of pest control?


Break open an egg shell...
Try and break it as close as possible to the top of the shell - I didn't this time...
Fill the egg shell with some seedling mix, add your seed (tomato in this instance) and cover with some more seedling mix.  Water well.
As it grows I will naturally make a hole / smash a crack in the base of the shell, so that the roots can spread into the larger container it will then be housed in.  Using the egg shell as a seedling "pot" should ensure that it also gets a dose of calcium as it's growing :)


But I'm thinking - this may also be eggcellent cutworm deterrent.  I'll just have to ensure I break the shell nearer the top of the egg, and that I have at least 1 cm (1/2 ") of the egg shell sticking above ground when it comes time to plant the seedling in the veggie patch.


Happy days :) 

19 comments:

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

What a cute and practical idea!

Tania @ Out Back said...

This is a great idea...I usually use egg cartons for starting my seeds, but I am willing to try something new.

Dani said...

Tanya - It's certainly another way of adding egg shells to your soil LOL

Tania - Watch this space for updates... :)

tami said...

I NEVER would have thought of that! Great idea!

garden girl said...

Love this idea - can't wait to try it.

Dani said...

Tami - LOL - let's see if it works...

Denese said...

What a cool idea! I've used the egg cartons, but never the shells.

frann said...

Good luck with your varmints.

Dani said...

Garden Girl - Well it's one use for those egg shells :)

Denese - Happy experimenting

Frann - Thanks :)

Mr. H. said...

I like it!

Dani said...

Mr H - LOL so do I :)

Christine @ the Gardening Blog said...

Excellent idea! Looks cute too.

Dani said...

Christine - Never mind all my ducks in a row - I'm going to have all my eggs in a row LOL

Barbie said...

What a great idea - a cutworm deterrent! Very clever!! I hope my loo rolls work as well. Will keep you posted.

slowvelder said...

Darn good idea - let us know if it works against those darn worms :)

Leigh said...

Woo hoo! I'm back online after 2 weeks of broken network card!

Very good idea about the egg shells. I'll be interested in how well they work. May help against slugs too.

Dani said...

Barbie - I'm hoping it works...:)

Slowvelder - Will do

Leigh - Welcome back - I am also having hiccups. I will let you all know if they work and how well.

emilysincerely said...

Dani - what a great idea. I always save my shells and crunch them up and work them into the soil around things like zucchini. But if this would help with cutworms - A++! Emily

Dani said...

Emily - Thanks :) I also used to crush up my shells for the compost - but with all things it helps if, now and then, one thinks laterally.