Chickens are gifts that keep on giving! Nothing they create goes to waste. Save your eggshells and add them to the compost pile to make an excellent and enriching addition. OR you can also use them for the best eggshell tomato fertilizer to give your plants a boost of calcium!
Eggshell Tomato Fertilizer Recipe:
- 2-3 dozen crushed eggshells
- 2 cups bone meal
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 14 crushed aspirin (a natural rooting hormone!)
First, wash your eggshells with soap and water and let them dry completely on a window sill before adding them to the mixture. You can also bake them for a couple of hours at 100 degrees Fahrenheit if you don't want to wait. Make sure they are dry and brittle before using them.
Next, Combine all the ingredients in a large container to keep dry while storing.
How much fertilizer should you feed your tomato plants?
To start off, add about 1/4 cup of the mix at the bottom of the new hole you're putting your tomato plant in. Tomatoes need to be buried deep, so plan on digging a hole covering 2/3 of the plant. This makes for a robust root system and a productive plant. Don't forget to mulch your new plants as well. This will help keep moisture in the ground longer, and since tomatoes are prone to several diseases that live in the soil, mulch helps keep the dirt from splashing up on the bottom of the plant's leave.
How often should you fertilize my tomato plants?
You can use the fertilizer throughout the growing season by feeding your plant every 6 weeks. Just sprinkle a handful loosely at the base of the plant and water. Enjoy your monster plants this summer--and think about sharing some of your delicious tomatoes with the "girls" that helped them grow!