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I’m always on the lookout for affordable ways to fortify my garden beds. Gardening season is upon us and I’m starting to get the itch...are you? There’s something so magical and satisfying about planting a tiny seed, pouring love and care into it and seeing it transform into something amazing! It never gets old! If you are looking to fortify your soil, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve found.
I don’t know about you, but 2020 was a huge eye-opener! Am I prepared? Do I have what I need to provide the essentials for my family? What if I can’t get to a store or worse case scenario—store shelves are empty? Those who are prepared shall not fear. Self-reliance through gardening and preserving are excellent ways to prepare.
Fortify Your Garden Beds with Eggshells
Remember all of those quarantine chicks everyone bought last spring? Well, fast forward to now, and the ladies are well loved and laying like crazy! If you’re like us, we have eggs coming out of our ears. I felt like we were wasting a lot by throwing away the shells so I found a way to utilize those under-rated little gems. Eggshells are made up of calcium carbonate (most common form of calcium in nature) and small amounts of proteins, minerals and other organic components. Calcium is an essential nutrient needed in the soil to nourish and sustain plant life.
Keep a bowl on your counter to toss eggs shells in.
Once your bowl is full and the shells have dried, place them in a blender.
Blend to a fine powder and sprinkle over your garden beds.
Here is a link if want to try this and do not have an abundance of eggs in your home.
Fortify Your Garden with Volcanic Rock
Cinderite, crushed volcanic rock, boosts the plants natural growing process without the use of any artificial additives. These tiny pebbles contain essential minerals and work to balance the PH of the soil making it suitable for growing all types of plants and produce. Typically I'm not big on adding extras to my garden other than the natural green fertilizer from the farm or scraps from the kitchen, but I feel like this is a great option. It’s safe to use around pets and children which is a huge selling point for me.
Happy gardening my friends! Remember to Nourish your soil so your plants can Nourish you!