This year, I’ve been trying to get creative with my kitchen scraps. My ultimate goal is to create less household trash, but I’m also looking for organic solutions that benefit my vegetable garden. I created a worm bin last month so that I could A.) use the left over pulp from my fresh-squeezed veggie and fruit juices, and B.) have endless access awesome fertilizer: worm “tea” and castings.
While I cook with eggs nearly every day, feeding my red worms sharp eggshells is a giant no-no. Their small, slimy bodies would be ripped to shreds. As I considered my options for the eggshells, I thought about the new butter lettuce that has already pushed its way through the soil this year. Last year, I had an outbreak of green caterpillars that called dibs on my lettuce, and ate far more garden-fresh salad that I did. As I thought about how frustrating those caterpillars were, I crushed the eggshells in my hand. Grrrrrr! And then the light bulb went off. This year I’m cutting the caterpillars off at the pass, literally.
- Stress-relief (crushing them in your bare hands can be quite satisfying)
- Slicing up the soft bodies of slimy garden pests and
- Supplementing your soil
- Plus, you were probably just going to throw them out anyway, right? So they are basically free!