If I lived in the sunny south, it would be possible to breakfast in the garden with a nice plate of eggs and coffee (if I drank coffee) and enjoy myself as the sun warms the day and awakens the already vigorous spring plants for another burst of growth. Well, I don’t live in the sunny south and right now the only eggs and coffee in the garden are the ones I’m using as amendments.
One nice benefit of having chickens is that we have a lot of eggs. This means we have a lot of egg shells. Egg shells are a great soil amendment. Not only do they add useful calcium to the soil, they also work as a slug deterrent. Apparently slugs don’t like slithering over the crunchy, scratchy shell bits. To use eggs in the garden, rinse them after cracking. Let them dry completely and then chop them up in a food processor. You’ll get a nice texture for sprinkling or digging into beds.
We also save our used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds can be added to compost piles (as can egg shells) or you can sprinkle them around acid-loving plants such as blueberries.
Well, there’s my breakfast in the garden. Maybe this summer I’ll be able to breakfast in the garden for real. 🙂