Feed Plants with Your Breakfast Scraps


If you’re looking for an easy, effective and eco-friendly way to fertilize your garden, look no further than what’s left after you eat breakfast. Eggshells and coffee grounds are two natural ways to help your garden grow.

After you crack open an egg in the morning, wash and dry the shell. Then crush it to pieces in a towel and sprinkle the pieces around your plants. The eggshells provide calcium to the soil so tomatoes, peppers and eggplants will especially benefit as they’re susceptible to calcium deficiency. Another way to boost calcium content in your garden is to use the water from boiling eggs, after it has cooled of course, because the nutrients will remain in the water.

Eggshells do double duty to keep pests away, too. Snails, slugs and cutworms all avoid the eggshells because they’ll feel sharp on their soft bodies.

Coffee grounds can also provide nutrients to your soil. If you sprinkle a small amount of the grounds in your garden, plants can take advantage of the nitrogen, calcium and potassium found there. To avoid any trouble with mold, dry the grounds before using them in the garden.

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