Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:49 pm
In gardening, all natural tricks are good to use to grow healthy plants. Often, these techniques focus on the soil that provides the plant with the nutrients it needs. Thus, it is not uncommon to use unexpected fertilizers for rapid growth. And in the category of unusual fertilizers for your garden, the whole raw egg planted in the ground is far ahead! Plus, you can use old eggs that are past their expiration date to perform the trick. There’s nothing more beautiful than combining the fight against waste with a love of beautiful things that grow! Here’s why you should try it and how to get started easily.
Why should you bury an egg in the garden?
Buried underground, the egg acts a bit like a slow release fertilizer. Contrary to what you might think when you make compost and see the shell hardly disintegrate over the months, the egg disintegrates very well in the ground. Nevertheless, you can make a notch in it by cracking it slightly with your knife to help it. Little by little, it will decompose and release nutrients that are highly appreciated by plants.
This is particularly excellent for vegetables and tomatoes. In fact, everything that is good for humans in this food is also good for greenery. The yolk, for example, is a gold mine of nutrients and the calcium in the shell is a wonderful fertilizer for everything that grows. Thus, the plants have everything they need to germinate quickly and develop beautiful and healthy roots. It also protects them from disease. With a little patience, you can see beautiful plants start and grow strong.
How do you do it?
YouTube capture from Gary Pilarchik’s channel (The Rusted Garden)
It’s really quite simple! To start, choose the right location based on the needs of what you want to grow (balcony, patio, vegetable garden, etc. in a bright or shady area). Also, choose the right soil so that the future plant will grow well. When it’s done, it’s time to make the egg rhyme with the garden!
Fill the bottom of the pot with soil over a few centimeters. (You can also slice the flesh of an organic banana with the skin on the whole length and put it next to it! It’s perfect for growing tomatoes). Then cover with potting soil and normally add the seeds you wanted to sow. To do this, use a sharp object and make holes to slide them in. All you have to do is water regularly and let the egg make your garden bloom. This trick is usually done for potted plants, but it can be adapted to the garden or vegetable garden with a little digging! And don’t worry: the egg won’t give off any odor as it decomposes, because its hydrogen sulfide will be absorbed by the soil.
Other uses for eggs in the garden :
- First of all, a half-broken shell can be used for seedlings. This natural cup is very beautiful and will allow fragile seeds to grow better.
- Washed and then broken into large pieces and spread around the plants, the shell acts as a barrier against snails and slugs.
- It can also be dried and ground into a powder for incorporation into the soil. This way, the soil is nourished with its calcium and the pH of an acid soil is corrected.
- Also, the unsalted and cooled cooking water from eggs can be used for watering. Like potato and pasta cooking water, it fertilizes the plants.
- The egg carton can also be recycled in many ways, including as a medium for germinating seeds.