Houseplants and Egg Shells

As you know, I love growing things.

Even in the throws of winter I always have things growing.

I don’t remember exactly when I developed this love of growing things. My mother and her mother always had house plants.  Maybe that’s where it began.

I thought I’d share the area behind my kitchen sink with you. The sink is placed in a corner, which gives me space behind it to put plants. It also has a window that lets in plenty of daytime light.

Here’s a breakdown of the things that are presently growing there and a couple you can’t see in the above picture.

Remember the ornamental peppers I wrote about earlier?

Here’s the red one, still growing.

And the orange one.

It’s looking a little rough. I may lose one of them, but the other one is still hanging in there pretty well.

This amaryllis has been with me for a very long time and I think it has seen it’s better days.

I just recently moved it behind the sink so I can watch it more closely.

I usually move plants that are not doing well behind the sink so I can give them a little extra attention.

For instance, these peace lillies. They weren’t doing well where I had them, so I repotted them and moved them to the kitchen sink area along with the amaryllis.

They still have a ways to go, but they are doing much better with the extra attention.

This Christmas cactus almost died, so I cut a start off of it and put it in water to get roots then repotted it. It’s doing well so far.

I restart new plants quite often, almost always having start in water sitting in the kitchen window. Like this golden pothos.

This is one that is not shown in the first picture. Once the plant gets too long, I cut off the long vines, put them in water and wait for them to get roots, then plant in a pretty pot.

The original plant is as old as my oldest child, it was given to me as my first Mother’s Day present. The start in the picture above will be given to one of my granddaughters.

The next picture is of the chives I started in late summer.

Some of them are dying out. I think I’ll sprinkle a few seeds around the already growing chives and see how they grow.

And the last picture is one that is not shown in the first picture. It hangs over the others in the same window.

It is a spider plant given to me by a dear friend. It was a start from her matured spider plant.

Behind the kitchen sink has proven to be a good spot for it because it bloomed recently for the first time since I’ve had it.

If you’re wondering what the white stuff is around the plants, it’s crushed egg shells. I remember my paternal grandmother putting crushed egg shells around her plants but never knew why. Until now.

The egg shells are a great source of calcium for the plants. You can put the crushed shells in the bottom of a pot before potting a plant or sprinkle them on top of the soil around the plant.

Also, the water from boiling eggs is also a great source of calcium for plants. Just let the water cool and use it to water your plants.

I’ve also found out that you can use the shells in the garden to add calcium and to sprinkle the broken shells around the plant stems to keep slithering critters, like slugs or cut worms, from damaging young plants.

I have been saving egg shells  and will use them around the tomato plants. Hopefully, this will stop the blossom end rot that is caused by lack of calcium. I seem to have a problem with this each year.

Do you use egg shells in your house plants or garden?