STARTING an at-home garden can feel daunting.
A lot of research goes into successfully growing your first batch of veggies—like where to plant the seeds and how much water they require.
A sustainable living and garden expert named Libby Flanagan, who goes by @libbyzflanagan on TikTok, received nearly 4 million views on a video in which she taught followers how to grow tomatoes.
In the clip, she began: “Follow this weird trick to grow thousands of tomatoes this year.”
All you need, she said, is a carton of eggs—which costs less than $5 at a grocery store.
“First, we’re going to dig a really deep hole.
“Next, we’re going to crack an egg into it and smash up the shell.”
Once the egg contents and the crushed-up shell are piled in the dirt hole, you can move on to your small tomato plant.
“Break off all of the bottom branches and then bury it very deep down into the hole.”
Libby pointed to the tiny white hairs on the plant’s stem and said that each hair will become a root, “so this will have a very strong root system.”
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The reason the eggs are beneficial is because they contain high levels of calcium—an important nutrient for plants.
The egg will release calcium into the soil and pass it on to the plant’s roots.
Viewers were excited to try the gardening hack, with some saying that they’ve seen their own success already:
“I did the eggs trick for the first-time last year and omg I had the biggest tomatoes I’ve ever grown. I’m doing it every year from now on,” one person wrote.
“Egg shells and coffee grounds! Works great,” another added.