Chicken eggshells are an inexpensive and simple means of protecting garden and garden plants from pests. In the article, you will find a lot of tips on how to prepare eggshells for use in the garden, including recommendations for cleaning, drying, grinding to a powder state, and further storage.
In May, the garden and the garden undergo a continuous attack of slugs, cruciferous fleas, various beetles, and gluttonous caterpillars. It is worth the summer resident to gape for a few days and goodbye to the harvest! But even in such a desperate situation, it is better not to resort to the help of store poisons, but to try to control the number of pests with the help of alternative drugs.
Egg Shells – Super Pest Control
Many summer residents are familiar with such an organic pesticide as diatomaceous earth (kieselguhr). It represents the fossil remains of animals, ground into a fine powder.
Its effectiveness as an insecticide is based on the ability of small particles to penetrate under the small scales of beetles, acting like sharp glass fragments. In the end, this leads to the death of harmful insects. In the same way, snails and slugs, crawling through places sprinkled with white powder, receive damage incompatible with life.
It is easy to guess that chopped eggshells work the same way. If your family loves eggs, then you will be provided with an excellent FREE insecticidal agent for the entire summer season. It remains to figure out how to properly prepare eggshells for their use as insecticidal agents.
How to make eggshell powder
There are many ways to use eggshells in gardening. But no matter how you plan to use this organic substance, the recipe for preparing egg powder is the same for all cases.
The process of converting eggshells into powder involves three steps: cleaning the raw material, drying it, and, in fact, grinding.
In fact, the shells should be rinsed in water, if only they left obvious traces of egg yolk or protein. But the shells from boiled eggs are usually clean, only sometimes pieces of protein stick to them (just gently remove them with a fork).
Undoubtedly, the eggshell must be dried before grinding, so do not skip this step.
If the shells are small, then hold them on a paper towel for one to two days. You can also put them in a paper bag – then they will dry out a little longer, but you will not spoil the interior of your kitchen with an unsightly sight.
Literally, in 5-10 minutes, the eggshells are dried in the oven, turned on at minimum power.
The next step in the preparation of eggshells is there grinding into powder. A small food chopper or an electric coffee grinder will do just fine with this task.
Most likely, you will have to slightly mash the shells with your hands, so that you can fit them immediately more into the kitchen unit. Just put a little shell with your hands directly in a paper bag or towel.
From my own experience, I can say that finer powder is obtained when using a home coffee grinder for grinding.
How to use eggshell against pests
For best results, apply egg powder directly to pest clusters. Use this tool pointwise, because it can cause death and beneficial insects.
To protect a particular plant from attack by slugs, snails, and other creeping reptiles, spread the egg powder around it with a thin but continuous layer.
Egg Powder Storage
The remains of the powder from the eggshell are stored in a hermetically sealed container in a dry and dark place. To prevent mold, you can keep this natural insecticide on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.
Egg powder still has many additional applications – for example, they can be sprinkled with a compost heap or added to the soil on a bed during its autumn processing. This will enrich the soil with calcium and many other natural minerals.