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Save Egg Shells for Planting Tomatoes

To prevent blossom rot, I put a handful of egg shells in the hole with the tomato plant when setting them. This gives the tomatoes calcium and it works.
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For 2 dozen tomato plants, I use 2 gallons of crushed egg shells. It takes me a year to save up that many.

Whenever I use eggs, I rinse the sticky stuff out of the shells and set them on a paper towel to drain. After they dry, they are ready to crush and add to the bag. I usually let them build up in the bag and then put them in a bowl and crush with my hands and fingers. (This also buffs my rough skin and makes it smooth.) I store the bag in the pantry until spring planting time.

If you want to try this, you need to start saving your egg shells.

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August 5, 20162 found this helpful
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Smart! The spray calcium you buy to prevent blossom end rot is expensive. Egg shells are free.

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They release the calcium over a long period of time. Since the plants receive the calcium systemically rather than locally, the egg shells are probably more effective.

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August 7, 20162 found this helpful
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Egg shells also prevent blossom rot in green peppers. I didn't plant peppers this year and I just remembered that I have used them for peppers.

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June 28, 20180 found this helpful

I put the egg shells in the microwave for a minute or 2 then crush them up throughout the year ready to use.

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