With Easter on the horizon, there may be a surplus of eggshells at your home come Sunday! This year, don’t pitch those eggshells; save them! You will find them surprisingly helpful when starting your summer garden. Get a jump on the growing season by making seedling pots from eggshells! You can plant the seedling along with its eggshell container right in the garden when you are ready. This is a great idea for gardeners with short summers or gardeners who want to save a buck or two by growing plants from seed!
Here is what you will need:
- eggshells, gently washed and dried
- egg carton
- ice pick or pointy tool
- potting soil
- spray bottle
Here is what you will do:
- Start saving eggshells a few weeks before you plan to sow the seeds.
- After you break the egg open and clear out the contents, gently wash and dry it.
- Take the clean eggshells and pierce the bottoms with an ice pick. This will be your drainage hole. Eggshells are strong, so you don’t have to be as careful as you might think!
- Next, set the prepared eggshell back into the egg carton. Plastic, Styrofoam or cardboard egg cartons will work as the holder.
- Fill each eggshell with soil.
- Drop in 2 to 3 seeds and cover with soil according to the instructions on the back of the package.
- Moisten the soil with a mist of water and place the egg carton in a location that receives bright light, warm temperatures, and plenty of air circulation.
- Keep the soil moist and turn the carton occasionally to promote even growth. As the seedlings grow, you may need to thin them to prevent crowding.
- At the proper planting time, plant the young seedling and its eggshell container directly in the garden.
Eggshells are a great source of nutrients for your plants. Your seedling will feed off of the nutrients the shell offers as it grows! Once your seedlings are in the ground, you can continue to save eggshells to use in your compost, or just crush and bury them in the soil around your plants. Eggshells do wonders for vegetable plants, and I have a neighbor who swears by them when tending to her rose garden.
So don’t toss those eggshells! They will help you get your garden off to a great start this spring!