It's been a while since I've mentioned eggshells.

It's difficult to ignore them right now though. This one is on the driveway, probably as a result of a curious raccoon. What was he curious about?


Probably these:

That's about 10 gallons of eggshells (two 5-gallon buckets). If you remember, my wife is a baker and they're quite busy at work right now due to the holiday season.

Hundreds of eggs used every day, many of which end up on my compost pile.

The egg-soaked cartons go into the pile too. (The raccoons pull shells out of the boxes through those holes. They love doing that.)

Sure, that's a lot of eggshells to put into a compost pile.

I don't mind though, as I'm thinking this will be the only chance we'll have for a "white Christmas" this year.


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (December 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM)  

How do the egg shells fare in your compost file? In ours they never entirely disintegrated so we stopped putting them in there. (We're not big egg users anyway.)

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (December 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM)  

Hehe, like your 'white' Christmas. Lucky you to get all these great things for your compost pile!

Alan  – (December 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM)  

Gerhard: I don't really know. My slow-cooking, no-turn compost pile is mainly for 1) disposal of yard waste 2) building up the soil back here so it can someday be planted. Since I don't use the compost it generates, I don't dig into the pile so I don't know how the eggshells are doing. I may dig in in early spring and see what's going on.

Rock rose  – (December 8, 2012 at 7:12 AM)  

I liked reading your comment here about the slow-cooking pile. exactly the same here. I have at least 6 bins and finally emptied one this year. I was quite pleased with what was down there. I also emptied a twiggy pile which had become very brittle, breaking up easily. I decided to use it as mulch. The good thing is the rain will pass through the twigs. That is if we ever get rain. as to egg shells. we have so much lime in our soil I don't think we need any more.

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (December 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM)  

That's funny...your white Christmas.
Thank you and your wife for the laughs and smiles

Alan  – (December 8, 2012 at 8:50 AM)  

L rose: I also should mention that there are lots of trees surrounding my compost pile, and their roots are certainly sucking up the nutrients. Some day I will have the space to compost in the sun away from trees, but not at this house.

barbie  – (December 10, 2012 at 3:55 AM)  

Wow - and I though my eggshell heap was bad! :-)
Throw them in the food processor to make them into a fine powder. You can use them more practically!

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