Egg shells?

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Which vegetables are appreciative of the calcium in eggshells? I noticed several people mentioning it in the comments. Our chickens are starting to put off a dozen eggs a day, so I’m not exactly short on egg shells (but how shall I use the eggs?). I just wonder what the most effective way to use them would be.

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Talitha spent the last few years doing an absurd combination of work and school, and found it wasn’t very pleasant. Now she’s doing work, school and a garden, and life is a little better! She also enjoys photography and hand feeding her ducks. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: herbs, vegetables, cutting garden, cottage gardening

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Alice Nelson April 21, 2004, 6:16 pm

As far as I know, calcium is one of those trace minerals that can be of use generally. I’ve saved my eggshells and have several milk jugs of them. I untend to use my old blender and pulverize them and use them throughout my garden. They are certaily dry enough. Can you freeze eggs for use later, in quantities that would be useful in a recipe (like three to a package)?

ro April 18, 2004, 8:46 pm

The only thing I ever hear it mentioned for is tomatoes, to prevent blossom end rot. I didn’t have any onion plants left. Sorry.