Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Starting Seeds in Eggshells

One thing we do not have a shortage in our house is eggs!  We eat a lot of eggs, hence why we have chickens!  Eggshells not only house the incredible edible egg, but they are also an amazing, healthy addition to gardens, flower beds and composts.  They are full of calcium which is great for healthy soil, but they also deter bugs, slugs and other creepy crawlies because of their sharp edges.  And, of course, they're all natural and biodegradable.

We have always composted our eggshells - or fed our hardboiled eggshells to the chickens - but, this year I decided to start saving our eggshells to use to start our seeds for our garden.

I saved the eggshell halves for a couple months and managed to acquire quite the stash - it took up almost an entire shelf in our fridge.  Then, the Easter Bunny decided to fill the kids Easter baskets with seed packets. 
How did he/she know!?

This past weekend it was finally time to put all these eggshells I'd been hoarding to use.  As well as the kids seeds!

Before we got started, I prepped the eggshells by putting a small layer of soil in each eggshell.

Then I waited for my trusty sidekicks to help me out with the rest.

Gotta teach 'em young!

Redmond wasn't totally into it, but he did help with a few.  He wanted to plant the corn seeds first.

Ashlyn, on the other hand, was allll about it!

One of her favorite fresh-from-the-garden veggies is peas.  She couldn't wait to plant the peas!

Once we got all the seeds in the shells, we topped them off with more soil.

Once the seeds were all snug in their shells, we moved them into the greenhouse Jason whipped up for us.  We gave them some water....and now we wait :)

We are so excited about our garden this year and all the fun things we have planned for our little homestead this summer!

I would love to hear about/see your gardens!  Fingers crossed we have better luck this year than we did last year :)

~ Sara :)

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