Pin of the Day: Eggshell Seed Starters

I just love this idea! I really like everything about it – common “ingredients”, natural, nice to look at, and functional. What a fantastic project for a rainy day!

Thanks to NaturalCulture on Instructables for this cute pin. I am currently on an Easter kick but this pin is landing on my Garden Grandeur Board as I will definitely be creating these after Easter Sunday.

Supplies:

Eggshells
Egg carton
Potting soil & spoon
Awl/needle/pin – anything long and sharp
Knife
Seeds

Optional:
Pot & stove
Spray bottle
Egg cups/miniature clay pots for display

How-To:

  1. Carefully crack the top third of the egg. You can do this by tapping the egg on the edge of a bowl, or tapping with a sharp knife.
  2. Empty out the eggshells completely.
  3. Wash the eggshells out well.
  4. Optional step: If you are concerned about salmonella on the eggshells, put the empty eggshells in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes.
  5. Take the empty eggshell, and poke a hole in the very bottom with your sharp object. If you are using a thin needle or pin, widen the hole a bit with a pushpin or small nail. This hole provides drainage, so the roots of your plant don’t drown. You only need to poke one small hole; more than one might crack the shell.
  6. Using a small spoon, fill the eggshell with moist potting soil. Optional: If the potting soil is dry, spray it with water from a spray bottle as you fill the eggshell.
  7. Think about the amount of light you have available in your home and garden, and use seeds that will thrive in these conditions. Plant your seeds according to directions. The seed package will tell you how deep to plant the seeds, or can find this information online. If you want quick results, try beans or cucumbers – they usually sprout in a few days.
  8. Display your green treasures!
    Carton: After you have planted the seeds, you can simply put the eggshell planters back into the carton. The carton provides a stable base with room for drainage, is freecycled and looks cute.
    Clay pots: You can get miniature clay pots, or use eggcups to display the planters.
  9. Put your completed planters in a sunny spot, and mist them daily with water so that the soil stays moist.
  10. When the plants grow too big for the shells, gently crack the shells and plant them straight into the garden or a bigger pot. The shell will eventually biodegrade, and the roots will grow out of the shell. The shell also supplements the calcium in the soil.
Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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