You may often hear stories of why you shouldn’t add eggshells to your compost. For one, eggshells have the potential to draw unwanted animals to your compost bin or pile. While this may be true, eggshells can provide much needed nutrients to your soil. Here are some helpful guidelines, courtesy of The Composting Blog, to make sure you get the most out of adding eggshells to your compost pile.
To prevent the spread of Salmonella from the eggshells to your garden, be sure to clean the eggshells before adding them to your compost pile. Washing the eggshells in warm water or heating them in the oven for 20 minutes should remove any traces of bacteria.
Make sure that you grind the eggshells into very fine pieces. The smaller the eggshell pieces, the less attractive they are to animals. Smaller eggshell pieces are also easier to break down in the compost.
For more details on ways to incorporate eggshells into your compost, visit The Composting Blog.