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Old 02-20-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Since the veggie threads get buried quickly in the garden forum thought I would see if we can keep this thread active. Asked if we could have a sub forum but I was told there wasn't enough interest yet in veggie gardening to do it. Maybe we can get a nice mod to make this a sticky until it grows perhaps????

I have started saving rinsed out egg shells to crumble around our tomato plants anybody else do this?
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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No..I haven't heard of this... why do you do it?
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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You know I don't know for sure my family just always did it. I suppose to add calcium but I do know when I didn't put egg shells when planting my yield wasn't as big. Of course none of them are living to ask now.
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: S.Dak
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I have started saving the empty cardboard rolls, from TP and paper towels, to put around the transplants, to protect from cut worms. Any one else tried this?
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Yes, it works.
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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debey do you do that with just tomatoes or any plants?

I am hoping my blue lake green beans do better this year the past 2 years haven't been up to par. It has been awhile since we dumped some horse manure on the garden maybe it is time again.
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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I like veggie gardening too. I am ripping out my front lawn and planting mostly edibles. Seems to be way more useful than a lawn. I am putting raised beds mixed with potted plants and all kinds of fruit bushes. We also planted a few dwarf fruit trees last year. It has really sparked the neighbors' interests. I would rather shop in my yard than overinflated Publix. And, yes, egg shells are great for the compost pile as long as you crumble them up to get the process going.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Mpls, MN, USA
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You know I don't know for sure my family just always did it. I suppose to add calcium but I do know when I didn't put egg shells when planting my yield wasn't as big. Of course none of them are living to ask now.
Martha S recently had a show on - it is the calcium from the egg shells that helps tomatoes and other plants.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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Thank you for the replies I figured it had to have something to do with calcium. We crumble them up after sitting in a big container for about a week to make sure I got them rinsed well. Don't want that rotten egg smell filling up my house.

mezzogirl have any of your neighbors followed suit? If they think about it that same piece of dirt could be saving them money instead of costing them money mowing it. We have 5 acres we mow so plenty of room for a garden still have to mow though.
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Since the veggie threads get buried quickly in the garden forum thought I would see if we can keep this thread active. Asked if we could have a sub forum but I was told there wasn't enough interest yet in veggie gardening to do it. Maybe we can get a nice mod to make this a sticky until it grows perhaps????

I have started saving rinsed out egg shells to crumble around our tomato plants anybody else do this?
Limited supply of stickies but I know how to run my mouth about gardening... Just because I can't bend over well anymore does not mean I don't like to read and discuss home and small market gardens...
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