Five Uses for Leftover Egg Shells

Ever wonder what to do with leftover egg shells from cooking or baking?  Here are a few ideas for leftover egg shells:

  1. Soil Amendment– Crush them up (mortar & pestle, food processor, blender, etc.) and add them to your soil before planting tomato plants.  Tomatoes love the extra calcium, which “may” help prevent blossom-end rot.
  2. Seed Starter– Start your tomato seeds in the shells and plant them directly in the ground.  No more need for those plastic seed starter trays.  You need reasonably intact shells for this.
  3. Create Decorative Eggs– You can carefully prick the ends of the egg and blow the contents out for use in recipes, and then decorate the shells.  LearnPysanky.com has step-by-step instructions on how to make traditional Ukrainian decorative eggs.
  4. Bird and Deer Deterrent– If you don’t want to bother finely crushing the shells for your tomatoes, give the shells a quick crush and add them to the soil where you want to discourage birds from eating your newly planted seeds, as well as in the soil surrounding plants you don’t want the deer to nibble on.  Who wants to walk on sharp egg shells?
  5. Sidewalk Chalk– This is a great project for the kids to help make and then use to play.  Complete instructions can be found on Make-Stuff.com

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