Save Your Garbage Disposal and Have a Great Garden | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Save Your Garbage Disposal and Have a Great Garden | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Don’t put those egg shells and coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. Use them in the garden instead.

One of your favorite things to do any time of the year is to wander through the Florida Botanical Gardens. There’s always something great to see. But it also makes you kind of wistful because you wish you had a green thumb.

You can have a green thumb, according to It just takes a bit of effort and the right additives to help your vegetables or flowers to sprout. Two of the best additives, according to the site, are coffee grounds and egg shells.

It just so happens that these two by-products of the breakfast table are teeming with powerful nutrients. Nutrients that not only help grow more productive plants, but healthier ones, too,” says. “For us, it all begins when we begin planting our transplants in the garden. We use a mix of crushed egg shells and coffee grounds in every planting hole. Crushed egg shells add much-needed calcium and other trace minerals to the soil as they break down. And calcium is incredibly important to the health of crops like tomatoes and peppers. …

“So what about the effect of a few tablespoons of coffee grounds placed into each planting hole too? It just so happens that coffee grounds contain nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and other vital minerals. All of which are vital to growing strong, healthy, productive plants.”

Using egg shells and coffee grounds in your garden as part of your compost has an additional advantage – they help keep your garbage disposal and drains healthy and clear of clogs. Both egg shells and coffee grounds are bad for your garbage disposal and can cause clogs. Getting them out of your sink and into your garden will help you avoid slow drains and clogged pipes.

No matter how careful you are about keeping bad things out of your sink and garbage disposal, sometimes things happen and you get a clog or a slow drain. When that does happen, it’s time to call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

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