Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden With Egg Shells

After you cook some eggs, don't throw out the eggshells. Save them for anti-pest control in your garden.

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In an article about using kitchen waste to improve your garden, Popular Mechanic advises:

Crush eggshells into small pieces and sprinkle them on top of the soil. Slugs, cutworms, and other insects are put off by the crunch when they crawl over the sharp edges and will leave for softer pastures. You can also toss the crushed shells into your compost heap. They break down quickly and give your plants a much-needed dose of calcium, which can help with bottom-end rot, a calcium deficiency found in some plants.

Smart use of an item that would normally end up in the rubbish.

Banana Peels, Eggshells, and More Trash Your Garden Will Love [Popular Mechanics]


    Coffee grounds will also sup snails and slugs

    If you're growing broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, the eggshells are also believed to deter cabbage white butterfly. The theory being that the butterfly confuses all those white shells for other butterflies, thinks there's far too much competition and moves on to less crowded gardens.

      Good to know, I've got broccoli growing at the moment so I will give this a try

    Don't forget that regular cleaning and maintenance of your garden is also necessary. Take it from someone who does that for a living.

    Best regards,

    Martin Smith, employee at

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