Shell It Out

My boys are greens lovers. Every year we plant some kind of green leafy vegetable:  spinach, Swiss chard, etc. The boys especially love collard greens which grow well in our garden beginning in April.

Collards grow abundantly.

The problem is that slugs seem to like our collards as much as we do. Thus the lacy look of the collard leaves in June.

Still edible but not as appealing, slug-eaten collard greens.

 It seems, however, that gooey, slimy slugs don’t care to slither over eggshells.

Pale blue fresh eggs.

To that end Charlie has saved, washed, and crushed our eggshells to surround a new, smaller crop of collard greens.

Even though these new plants are tender morsels it seems the slugs are leaving them alone.

The new crop of collards is doing better thanks to a border of egg shells.

My frugal self likes things that have a secondary use.

Do you have any non-toxic reusable items?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “Shell It Out”

    1. Charlie says the copper wire barrier was a total waste of time but he’s still saving eggshells and sprinkling them around pertinent crops, i.e. the ones where the leaves are the harvest. Jo

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