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:

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

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

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

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  3. I NEVER would have thought of that! Great idea!

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

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

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

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  7. Good luck with your varmints.

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

    Denese - Happy experimenting

    Frann - Thanks :)

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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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

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  15. 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.

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