Are you ready to get your seeds going? Check out this easy hack for How to Start Seeds in Eggshells!
On the hunt for another easy Gardening Hack? This tutorial for How to Start Seeds in Eggshells is a great way to get a jump-start on your seeds this growing season! Skip the seed starting trays and try this homemade germination egg carton with dome instead!
One of the benefits of starting seeds in eggshells is the shell will naturally decompose once transplanted to your garden or a larger pot. Eggshells are also almost entirely calcium carbonate, which is one of the most essential nutrients for thriving plants. As they break down, the eggshells enrich the soil with calcium and nitrogen, which the plant’s roots will absorb and put to use as it grows. It’s such an easy way to compost without much effort at all!
So are you ready to start your own seeds?
Here’s everything you need to know about how to plant seeds using eggshells…
How to Start Seeds in Eggshells
What You’ll Need:
- Clear Egg Carton
- Eggshells, cleaned and halved
- Potting Soil
What You’ll Do:
- After eggshells have been cleaned and halved, place a dry empty shell in each slot of the egg carton.
- Using a plastic spoon, fill each empty eggshell with potting soil almost up to the top, leaving a little space between the soil and the edge of the shell.
- After adding the soil, use your finger to create a small hole in the dirt to make room for the seeds. Drop two seeds into each hole and cover them with dirt.
- After the seeds have been planted, give each shell a couple drops of water. Keep in mind the shells don’t have drainage holes, so they only need to be watered very lightly every few days to prevent over-watering.
- Rest a clear plastic egg carton lid on top to create a mini greenhouse.
- Place your mini greenhouse in a warm, bright, well-lit area of your home… and keep out of direct sunlight.
- Once the seeds begin to sprout, you can remove the lid.
- A week after the seeds sprout, it’s time to transplant them. The first step is to fill a 9 oz. Plastic Cup halfway full with potting soil. Next, take the eggshell with the plant still inside and very gently crush the outside of the eggshell, break through the inner membrane, and pull off some of the eggshell pieces on the bottom so the roots can come through. Then, place the eggshell inside of the plastic cup and add more dirt making sure the top of the shell is completely buried.
- Now place your seedlings in cups near a sunny, south facing window so they can receive as much light and sunlight as possible during the day. Water lightly as needed.
- After several weeks to a month, once they’ve grown strong, it’s time to get ready to move your seedlings outside to your garden.
- Prior to moving your seedlings outside, you will need to carry out an extra crucial step called “hardening off” your plants. This means gradually leaving them outside for longer periods of time to help them acclimate to the weather outdoors. I like to take mine out for several hours per day in a bright area, but out of direct sunlight, gradually increasing the amount of time they’re outside for at least a week prior to transplanting them.
- Transplant on an overcast day that isn’t too hot to avoid the seedlings from wilting or going into shock.
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