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An egg-cellent compost solution.

We have a short growing season in eastern Washington, so gardening can be a challenge. We have to make efficient use of the time we do have by supplying our gardens with the best soil possible. The natural soils here tend to be sandy, and they contain a lot of decomposed granite. As a result, nutrients wash out quickly, so we have to water frequently.

To improve the soil structure and provide organic material, many gardeners in our area are avid composters. However, eggshells don't break down well in our soil, so they're a topic of frustration. Both of our neighbors have confessed to finally just giving up and throwing their eggshells in the trash. Tired of intact shells in my compost, but not ready to throw such a good source of calcium away, I found a method that works for me.

I air-dry eggshells on a cookie rack for a day or two and then throw them into my Vitamix on high. In a few seconds, the shells become a fine, granular powder that's per feet for adding to the soil around tomatoes and other plants that suffer when calcium levels are too low. This eggshell powder is the easiest and fastest way I've found to use eggshells' soil-enriching properties.

Jeannie Shank

Colville, Washington

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Title Annotation:Country Lore Readers' Tips to Live By
Author:Shank, Jeannie
Publication:Mother Earth News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2016
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