Spring is here! I’ll admit I don’t have the greenest of thumbs. Every year we start out and I have so much motivation to do this massive garden, and by the end of the summer I’m usually in garden burnout mode. (so. many. weeds!) My dad and grandpa on the other hand, they are both excellent gardeners. I’m hoping that the little bits I have been slowly picking up from them will pay off this year. It may not come easy, but it is always worth the work! There’s nothing like enjoying your own fresh veggies.
This year I decided to skip the seed starter kit and use eggshells to grow our seedlings in. Starting seeds is pretty straightforward, and much more budget friendly when you use eggshells! I’ve been saving the tops of the eggshells and crushing them up to add into the garden when I put everything into the ground. Once these babies are ready to go into the ground, I’ll share another post on how we do that, and keep it organic!
Also, I’m planning a fun little DIY Mother’s Day gift idea soon – stay tuned for more on that!
Here’s what you need to start your seedlings…
- Empty, rinsed eggshells
- Potting soil
- Recycled egg carton (I had Mr. Kirk grab one of these from one of the restaurants he fixes equipment at, since we never buy eggs. Backyard chickens for the win!)
- Something sharp to poke a hole in the bottom of your egg (a thick needle works good!)
- Something to hold and scoop dirt (I used a measuring cup and small spoon to fill the eggs)
Here’s how you do it…
- Always start with rinsed eggs! I rinse mine right after I crack them open.
- Use a sharp pointed tool to poke a small hole in the bottom side, a thick needle works great.
- Set eggshells into recycled egg carton.
- Fill eggshells with potting soil using a small spoon or something similar.
- Follow the instructions on the seed packet for planting depth. Generally, you want to leave the soil somewhat loose on top of the seed.
- Add a bit of water, place in sunny spot and wait for growth!
- Don’t forget to check daily and water as needed. Follow the instructions on your seed packet for planting instructions when you’re ready to transfer to the ground.