Posted 26th Mar 2018
Easter break is a great time for family fun and this super eggshell seed pot activity will appeal to everyone – gardeners, crafty folk and children.
The idea is to start off seedlings in eggshells – decorate if you wish - and then plant straight out, eggshell and all, with the eggshell providing a great boost to the plant’s health.
Here’s what you need to do:
1 Start collecting eggshells a few weeks ahead. Crack your eggs a little more carefully so one half to two thirds of each eggshell remains intact.
2 Using warm, soapy water, wash out the eggshells and leave to dry. Some people pop them in the oven to speed up the process.
3 With a heavy sewing needle, pierce drainage holes in the bottom of the shell. You can skip this step but will have to be more vigilant about how much watering you do.
4 Time to get creative and get out the markers. Children, in particular, love this part. Faces, plant names, patterns… all great ideas for decorating your little eggshell seedling pots.
5 Pick what seeds you want to plant. Garden vegetables are good starter plants for eggshells. Cucumber, beans and squash can be transplanted about a week after they sprout. Herbs are easy to grow: basil, parsley, dill, chives, coriander. Small seeds are best.
6 Fill the shells with organic compost and sow 2-3 seedling per eggshell pot.
7 Place your tray of eggshells in a sunny window
8 Water daily. A spray bottle is best to thoroughly dampen the soil without drowning the seeds.
9 Once you spot one or two sets of leaves, your seedlings are ready to transplant to larger pots or out into the garden.
10 Transplant the seedlings - shells and all! As you plant them, gently crack the shells around them to give the roots more room to grow or leave them whole and let nature do the job. The eggshells will add calcium and other essential nutrients to the soil. Plus, as they break, the sharp edges will deter slugs and other pests.
11 Take a photo of your healthy plants and share on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @greatlittlegarden
Tutorial courtesy of https://www.greatlittlegarden.co.uk/