I don’t take my home so seriously that I can’t drag a big ole bag of potting soil
inside to do a bit of gardening. That’s exactly what went on in my kitchen this
Saturday. After weeks of chilly, snowy and dreary weather, I’m ready to fill my home
A week or two ago I started some seeds using eggshells. (Check out my tutorial to learn
how!) I planted a smorgasbord of veggies and herbs: spinach, carrots, lettuce,
radishes, oregano, basil and chives. All easy-to-grow plants that I can cultivate in
The radishes sprouted far faster than all of the other plants. They were ready to
transplant to larger containers, so that was this weekend’s project. If you’re
looking at the pictures and wondering if I used that soup ladle to fill the pots
with soil, why yes, yes I did. (Go ahead, file that one away for future reference.
Soup ladle works just as well as shovel.)
I didn’t actually plant the peppers or tomatoes in the pictures above, but I love the
happy colors on the seed packets. That’ll be a future project.
Until it warms up enough to move all of these plants outside and transplant the rest
of the seeds growing in eggshells, every window in my home will be filled with plants.
Have you started any gardening projects to prepare for spring?
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If you want to grow veggies, herbs and fruits from seed, your baby plants will need a little extra TLC. Start your plants off right by growing them in eggshells.
When you start each seed in its own individual eggshell, you can give it extra attention and care. Plus, once your seedlings are ready to be transplanted to the garden (or to containers) you can plop them right in the soil—eggshell and all. The eggshell will then break down and provide additional nutrients for the plant.
You can also feel good about repurposing those eggshells that you might have otherwise just thrown away. Although, I would recommend composting any future eggshells instead of tossing them in the trash!
Ready to get your eggshell garden growing? Follow these easy steps.
[I saved these eggshells in an empty carton as I used them. In order to leave the majority of the eggshell in tact, crack your eggs by tapping a spoon near the top of the egg. This will split the egg into three quarters and one quarter instead of half and half. Save the three quarters section of the eggshell and compost the rest.]
[Use a needle to poke a few holes in the bottom of each eggshell for drainage. Then, fill your eggshells almost to the brim with organic gardening soil. Using a pair of tweezers insert one seed of your choice into each shell just below the surface of the soil. I planted heirloom tomatoes, carrots and lettuce.]
[Make sure to keep the soil moist and set your eggshells in a sunny windowsill. In a few weeks your baby seedlings will sprout. You can then easily transplant them to your garden.]
Have you ever planted seeds in eggshells? How did it work out for you? Let me know in the comments section!
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