Q and A: adding eggshells to your compost and canning chili peppers — 3 Comments

  1. I rinse out the shells then put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds then open the door to let the steam out before heating them for another 30 seconds. The shells are very brittle then and I crush them fine.

  2. I also do the same thing with banana peels (see my comment on egg shells). I store the banana peels for the veggie garden in the same quart jar as the egg shells. I don’t add banana peels to my flower gardens but it sure wouldn’t hurt anything if I did.

  3. I have saved egg shells for years. I purchased a cheap coffee grinder at Walmart. After laying my egg shells out to dry, I hand crush them and then put them in the coffee grinder (used for shells only) and store them in a quart canning jar until it’s time to add them to the soil. We have had wonderful success using egg shells in our garden.

    I also keep a quart jar of dried egg shells (crushed by hand only) and sprinkle them around my flower gardens. Using the dried, hand-crushed egg shells around my flowers prevent snails from chewing on my plants. The egg shells are sharp so the snails and/or slugs can’t crawl over the sharp shells. Works wonders for me and it’s all natural, adds calcium to my flowers and keeps the snails and slugs at bay.