So this is a ridiculously easy thing to do. My garden, though having of beautiful, dark soil, is deficient. The first year I planted tomatoes in it, I got something called blossom end rot, which is where the tomato doesn’t get enough calcium and literally rots from the blossom into the fruit. I had all of these beautiful tomatoes, which went bad!!! ARGH!
So, being the good little gardener that I am, I did my research. What causes blossom end rot? Lack of calcium? Oh. Well, let’s buy something to fix that. (This was last year…) This winter I had a brain storm. Why on earth couldn’t I make my own? We eat a LOT of eggs here. A package or more a week. What were we doing with this resource? Putting it in the compost pile, where it wouldn’t do good for a couple of years or more? Oh the horror! So, I decided to try this; Keep the egg shells. Grind ’em up. Toss ’em out on the garden for instant calcium.
So here’s what it looks like. You take your dried egg shells, as seen below, and toss them into your food processor.
Give ’em a pulse or ten. You end up with this, a very coarse ground shell. Now, I don’t want to cut my fingers on this while digging in the garden, so I keep going. I also want to have it readily available to the plants…
Turn it on. Put in the top cork thing. Leave it going for 5ish minutes. You will eventually get this: