Put whole eggs under tomato plants?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by curiousnewbie, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. curiousnewbie

    curiousnewbie Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2007
    Okay, to me this sounds just weird enough to work. I read that putting a whole, raw, uncracked egg in the hole before transplanting tomatoes is really good for the tomato plants. The calcium and sulphur are supposed to provide nutrients to the tomatoes and create healthy plants and lots of tomatoes. Has anyone done this? Does the smell of the rotting eggs seep up through the soil? I don't want a stinky garden! But I DO want big juicy tomatoes!!
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    That rotten egg smell is one of the key ingredient in viagra. (Heard that on the NEWS this morning)

    You could have a popular market for those tomatoes.[​IMG]
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  3. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    This sounds like the same idea as planting a fish head under your plants in your veggie garden. I think anything made of organic matter (anything that used to be alive) breaks down and adds nutrients to the soil. I think you're just as well of using some nice organic compost. I've grown tomatoes my whole life in nice garden soil amended with plenty of compost and manure and always get so many huge, wonderful tomatoes that I don't know what to do with them all. I personally wouldn't bother with the egg thing, but it probably can't hurt.
  4. cat

    cat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    I read on an organic gardening site that putting egg shells at the base of tomato plants makes for big healthy plants and prevents blossom end rot, maybe this is what they were meaning?
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Sounds good to me. I have always put a couple of bream (blue gill) under each of my tomatoe plants. Works real good.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I alwys put a double handful of the shells in my tomato plants when planting them. I have a bucket in the hatching house that I chunk all the leftover shells from my hatches into.
  7. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2009
    south carolina
    never heard of it, but last year during growing season i had a trio on bantams in a pen off the ground and decided to catch the poo and every so often i took a shovel and threw some under my tomatoe plants and had big huge beautiful juicy tomatoes....i would take them right off the vine and eat them like an apple [​IMG]
  8. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2008
    Martinsville, IN
    Quote:Years ago I had a neighbor tell me this, too. The blossom end rot is lack of calcium, I think. I have been saving my shells and am going to run them through the food processor and spread them in the garden in my tomato area. The chickens are working on it now. I'm going to do it right before we till.
    But just the shells...I'm not giving up my eggs. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2009
  9. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    We put egg shells in our compost just for that reason, we want lots of nice calcium for our tomatoes. I've also heard that a Tums or two in the hole when you put the plant in will accomplish the same thing.
  10. curiousnewbie

    curiousnewbie Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2007
    Wow, thanks for all the great replies! I like the Tums idea, since it means more eggs for the house. Our tomatoes were good last year (our first year here) but not exceptional. I want the best tomatoes I can grow. Greedy, greedy me. [​IMG]

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