Seven Intriguing Ways to Use Pistachio Shells in Your Yard and House

The pistachio tree, or Pistacia vera, is a hardy desert plant native to the Middle East that produces clusters of tiny reddish drupes. 

For these drupes to fully ripen, they need long, hot, dry summers. When fully grown, the outer peel and inner hard shell split open with a loud pop, exposing the partially opened beige shell that held the prized edible seed.

Organic Mulch: You can make an efficient organic mulch out of the shells of different nuts. Mulch not only makes your garden look better, but it also helps keep the soil hydrated, increases fertility, and inhibits weed growth. 

Plant-Pot Filler Potting soil may be used in excess in deep decorative planters. Consider placing pistachio shells at the bottom of your containers to preserve soil and reduce waste. Make sure the planting depth corresponds with the mature size of the plant by leaving enough room at the top for potting soil.

Plant Drainage in Pots When pots don't have the right drainage holes, pistachio shells can be used in place of the conventional drainage pebbles at the base of potted plants

1. Pest Deterrent Pistachio shells can serve as a natural barrier against garden pests. Spread them around outdoor plants to discourage digging by squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons. Salted pistachio shells can also deter slugs and snails when used as a blockade around plants or garden perimeters. 

1. Fire Kindling The woody composition of pistachio shells makes them excellent fire kindling. Whether you’re starting a fire or reviving a dying one, toss a handful of pistachio shells to get the flames roaring.

 Crafting Crafty individuals have discovered innovative ways to incorporate pistachio shells into DIY projects. Their curved shape lends itself to crafting beautiful flowers, making them ideal for various creative endeavors, such as hanging succulent garden

1. Compost When all else fails, pistachio shells can become a valuable “brown” material for your compost pile. While they are slow to degrade, you can expedite the process by crushing them or soaking them in water overnight to soften before adding them to your compost heap.

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