Using Eggshells as Vegetable Planters
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About four weeks before the last frost, try planting some vegetables in egg shells. Have the kids help you too!
These will need to be kept in the house or a heated garage until they are ready to transplant in your garden.
Eggshell Vegetable Planter Necessary Items
- Eggshells (cleaned and dried)
- Vegetable Seeds (any kind will do)
- Potting mix
- When you fix eggs for your family, try breaking them toward the top of the egg. This will allow you more planting depth. Immediately wash and allow to dry.
- When dry, take a nail or a screw and gently punch a small hole in the bottom of the egg for drainage. Place back in the container
- Fill each egg shell up about 3/4 of the way with your potting mix. Press seeds in soil gently and cover with a little more potting soil. Seeds should only be covered about 1/4 inch.
- Water gently and place in a sunny location in a window sill. Keep soil moist, but not soaked.
In about 6-10 days, your plants should look like these. When they get about 3 inches tall, transplant them into a larger container about the size of a yogurt container or a little larger.
Make sure that you punch a few drainage holes in the bottom of the new container. Fill this container about halfway with new potting mix. Take your eggshell plant and gently break the shell as you are placing it into the new container. The shell will remain with the plant.
Gently put potting mix around the plant leaving the stems and leaves exposed. Continue to water and in about 2 weeks, this should be ready to take outside and plant into your garden.
by Savings Lifestyle: Mary on April 25, 2011