This time I’d like to plant a seed in your wallet.
All green thumbs (and a few green fingers) know that sprouting seedlings instead of buying store-grown plants saves you nearly 90% on your gardening costs. But how do you sprout peas, squash, and tasty tomatoes when there’s still a chill outside?
The answer can be found on your breakfast table. Do I have you walking on eggshells? Eggscellent!!
7 Reasons to get cracking:
- The entire eggshell starter pot is biodegradable.
- Cost for the eggshell planter is $0.00 — they’re free if you eat eggs.
- Eggshells contain soil-happy minerals, such as calcium and other earthy nutrients.
- Eggshell seedling pots are pet safe and kid friendly.
- Starting seeds inside (in any container) gives you a huge head-start on your garden, far before the last frost.
- Sprouted seeds are heartier and stronger when planted.
- Sprouting indoors lets you cull the weakest seedlings and remove the ones that failed to germinate.
Before you plant the seeds, make sure you wash the eggshells and then boil them in a pot for three minutes to kill any bacteria.
Protect eggshells. Place each eggshell in a cardboard egg carton (or a small pot) for support.
When planting, give each eggshell a gentle (yet crushing) squeeze — you want the seedling roots to easily find the fresh soil.
I managed to grow peas, beans, basil, tomatoes and jalapenos successfully in egg shells. Happy growing!