Gardener's egg trick for boosting tomato yield divides opinion

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A gardening expert has shared a tip on TikTok that could help you double your tomato yield this summer. Libby Flanagan revealed that a common kitchen ingredient can significantly increase the number of tomatoes your plants produce.

Tomato season is in full swing, with the best planting time starting from mid-May, and it's essential to plant them in a warm, sunny, and sheltered outdoor location.

Fertiliser can aid in growing bigger and juicier tomatoes, which is the principle behind this hack. Libby suggests that cracking an egg into the hole where you plan to plant your tomatoes will result in twice as many tomatoes.

When digging a hole in your soil, crack an egg directly into it, including the shell, and crush it all up with a stick, according to the Express.

She stressed the importance of digging a deep hole so the plant can be buried "nice and deep.", reports the Mirror.

All the fibres along the tomato stem will become roots, which is why the plant should be buried deep. Several people have endorsed her hack in the comments.

"I did this last year. The ones with eggs grew over 6-7 feet and produced amazing tomatoes. Will be doing again this year," one user said. Another added: "My elderly neighbour did this in her garden and her tomatoes were amazing. I do it too."

Gardening enthusiasts are divided over the trick of planting eggs in your garden. According to renowned gardening blog Laidback Gardener, it's potentially a myth.

Blogger Larry Hodgson implies that even though eggs and egg shells do contain beneficial nutrients including phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, it might not be advisable to chuck a raw egg into your garden due to a possible foul smell.

"The real reason you have to plant eggs so deeply is because they give off horrible odours when they rot," expounded Hodgson. He also indicated that critters such as raccoons and rats might dig up the eggs for a meal, causing havoc in your garden beds.

Even though the effectiveness of this gardening advice remains contentious, tomato lovers may still want to try it out.