Organic Gardening - How to Deter Slugs and Snails With Eggshells

Are you tired of visiting your gardening in the morning only to see that other little critters have been up all night feasting on your plants? I love plants like my hostas and vegetables and hate to see them riddled with holes from snails and slugs.
I have something in common with slugs...we both love hostas and vegetable gardens. But, there is something they hate that I love - eggs. They slink away from eggs shells as soon as they feel the sharp edges!
Snails and slugs hate anything that's sharp or rough, so you can save your eggshells and use them underneath your plants to deter them! It really works. Coffee grounds and several other things works as well, and are mentioned in the article link.
Read how we do it here!
Crush the shells to make them easier to spread.
Snails and slugs come out at night and feast like kings on our plants!
Spread the shells underneath the plant to deter slugs and snail.s
Organic Gardening: How to Deter Slugs and Snails with Eggshells

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3 of 19 questions
  • Kara
    on May 1, 2018

    Wonder do you clean and rinse out the egg shells?

    • Lisa Sinclair
      on Sep 28, 2019

      I find the pokey eggshells also deter my kitty from digging and going potty in my veggie/flower beds!

  • Debbie Hoefer
    on May 1, 2018


  • Joyce Johnson
    on Jul 10, 2019

    I have potted plants along my walkway to the dock. I live in SC on the marsh. I have crabs (looks like mini stone crabs) that love to feast on the leaves and flowers. Also this year I have grasshoppers. How do I get rid of them?

    • Stephen
      on Jul 28, 2019

      I hope someone has an answer for you. Your question is an interesting one.

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  • Butterfly
    on Oct 12, 2019

    Tried this last year - did not work. Sorry to say!

  • Una
    on Oct 16, 2019

    I save eggshells all winter and dry

    Outdoors and coffee grind to powder in my coffee grinder and at planting time in the spring I put this powder around plants and they look up at me as if they're happy .It makes them grow better too !

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