I just love spring! Thinking about making a trip to our local nursery makes me giddy. Flowers, newly sprouted seeds, fruit trees— I love it all! My love of flowers must be hereditary because Kaylee has the gene too. She loves going to the nursery with me and picking up all of the flower buds and petals that have fallen on the ground. Wilted or not. Then she brings them home and puts them in a bowl of water for a “decoration”. Last year I gave her a section of the garden for growing her own poppies. She was happy to see that they came back again this year!
I saw an article on apartment therapy awhile back about using egg shells as seed starters. What a great idea! Many people compost their egg shells, so we know that they break down well. We don’t have to worry about frost in Northern California right now, but we still decided to plant some seeds indoors and watch them grow. When they are ready to put in the garden the egg shell goes into the ground too!
Every time I used an egg I’d rinse out the shells and set it aside. Pretty soon we had enough to start a dozen seedlings!
You can use an egg carton to hold your seed starts and toss it in the recycle bin when you are ready to plant your shells, but I chose to use one of my ceramic egg cartons…that will not be recycled later 😉
Fill each shell with potting soil.
Add your seeds and cover lightly with soil. Kaylee chose chives. She plans on letting them flower instead of eating them.
Spritz with water and place them in a sunny location. You can cover them with a piece of plastic wrap until they start to sprout to hold in moisture too. We found it easier to spray them with water when they needed moisture vs. trying to pour water into each shell.
She had a great time tending to her seeds, and it is always rewarding when they actually sprout!
One carton fell off of the window sill and we lost those starts, but this carton is thriving and will go into our outside garden soon!
What a fun little project and a great way to re-use something that we usually just throw out! Not only are the little shells practical, but they are good for our plants too.
There are many things that we throw out without really thinking about reusing. I really need to get better about that. My inlaws live in a very remote area of Alaska and do a great job of recycling and composting. They take their trash to the dump or into town only a couple of times a year because they are able to re-use, compost, or burn so many things.
Two more up cycled projects you might like!
Toby loves his up cycled dog bed. It is the only one he hasn’t chewed. The pillow type ones just don’t last very long. I love that it is just a fleece crib sheet on top! I can toss it in the wash when it need cleaning. This dog bed works great for indoor or outdoor use since the mattress is waterproof.
We made t-shirt bags last year for the kids to use for swim lessons. They take less than 5 minutes to construct, with only one seam of sewing. You can use old t-shirts that have logos on them, or plain ones and let the kids decorate them with fabric markers.