Easter is officially upon us, and the blog has been all about the glorious egg for over a month now. With all that egg goodness I was left with a hoard of useful eggshells. Many went into the compost, but I reserved a few for one last project that carries us from spring into the summer season - eggshell seedling pots.
These are a simple gardening concept and one your hungry little seedlings will greatly appreciate.
Fill each eggshell with potting soil, add a few seeds (I was using transplants that needed to be thinnned, but you get the idea), then place a light layer of soil on top. Once sprouted, selectively remove the extra seedlings so that only the strongest one remains.
Now place your seedling pots back in the egg carton and give them a good misting. Set the carton in a sunny location and keep the pots misted regularly (never letting them dry out). Depending on germination times your seeds will soon sprout.
Once each seedling has developed its set of true leaves, it's time to plant them in the ground. But don't discard the nutrient rich eggshell they've been growing in. Instead, gently crush the shell around the seedling and plant the entire thing. The seedlings will appreciate the added calcium as it breaks down into the soil around it.
I used radishes here which I plan to share with the g'babies. Quick to mature and fun to watch grow, it's the perfect little plant for short attention spans. When they're ready to eat, each little one will have a radish of their very own to enjoy.
Oh, and speaking of eggs, all the egg-alishiousness I've pummelled you with this month has actually paid off for me. My Rubber Band Dyed Easter Eggs made it to Martha's Top Ten Egg Decorations! Yes, the Martha + probably her team ('cause I'm pretty sure Martha didn't choose them herself) have chosen my eggs to be a contender for top prize. What that is, I don't know. But the accolades are enough for me at this stage. So go vote for #9 (that's me!) and I'll love you for it if I win. Well, I love you anyways, but a little motherly mind-game-manipulation might get the job done a bit faster... Go vote! Multiple times is even better ;)