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Cooking staple 'can transform your garden for free' – don't throw it away


Don’t throw away your kitchen scraps just yet as they could be the secret to a lush, green lawn.

As summer approaches, we all want our gardens to look their best. For many of us, the lawn is the star of the show, but it needs a bit of TLC to stay in top shape.

Whether you’re planning garden parties or just want a nice spot to read, this clever gardening trick can help. It uses something you probably throw away every week – eggshells.

The gardening gurus at Garden Olive Firewood say that eggshells can turn a sad-looking lawn into a thriving one.

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Dan McCarthy, who runs the sustainable firewood company, says there are lots of reasons to use eggshells in your garden. Not only will they help your lawn, but they can also give a boost to any plants or flowers you have.

Eggshells are a great plant food, says McCarthy. They help balance the soil’s PH, add calcium, release nutrients into the ground, and make your soil better.

Plus, they can keep some bugs away, so there are lots of good reasons to use this expert tip in your garden.

There are a few ways you can do this. First, you can crush your eggshells into a fine powder, which will help them mix into your soil quicker.

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“Collect clean, dry eggshells and crush them into small bits or powder,” the expert explains. “You can use a pestle and mortar, a rolling pin, or a food processor to crush them well. The smaller the eggshells are crushed, the quicker they will break down and give nutrients to the soil.”

Next, you need to mix them into your soil or compost – depending on what part of your garden you’re working on. “Once you’ve crushed the eggshells, mix them into your compost heap or straight into the soil in your garden. Adding crushed eggshells to compost will enrich it with calcium and other minerals, making the compost even more nutritious.”

If you’ve got some eggshells, don’t just throw them away because you can make a special tea with them to help your garden.

“You can make a nutrient-rich compost tea using crushed eggshells. Simply steep crushed eggshells in water for a few days to extract the calcium and other minerals. Then, strain the mixture and use the resulting compost tea to water your plants,” says McCarthy.

When you’re planting new things this spring, pop some crushed eggshells in the hole before you plant. “This will provide a slow-release source of calcium for the roots of the plants as they grow.”

And if you’re starting seeds in pots, put some crushed eggshells at the bottom for a super healthy start. Or you can sprinkle them around your plants to keep them happy.

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