27 March, 2007

Simple Seed Starting

For those of you wondering, I am still waiting on my new camera and equipment to arrive. Grrrrr. It might be time to start praying to St. Anthony, but I'll keep you posted.

Anyway, it's the perfect time of year to start your planting, if you haven't done so already. And if you like planting seeds, or have never tried and want to, then this is the perfect time to start that as well. And don't worry about fussing with all the seed starter containers, because Monogram Momma has an even better solution to starting your seeds: eggshells. So open up the fridge and start cracking some eggs because whether you're starting rosemary or roses, this is the perfect solution to seed starting.

You Will Need
-egg cartons
-seeds (either flowers, fruits, or veggies)
-spray water bottle
-potting soil

1) crack your eggs as close to the top as you can, and put aside egg innards for cooking later
2) fill empty egg up about 3/4 of the way with potting soil.

3) drop in seed

4) top off with some additional soil

5) feed the seed and soil by spraying with your spray bottle

6) put back into egg carton to start growing and leave in the sun

7) when the seeds start sprouting, plant the entire egg in the ground and watch it continue to grow

Now, the thing I really love about starting my seeds this way is because you never have to remove the little sprout from the egg starter. Why, you ask? Simple! Planting the eggshell in the ground will provide additional nutrients for the soil, and it will also completely dissintegrate (for those of you earth consious folks out there).

This is also a great little project for kids, even small ones. I did this last Spring when the Mini's were 4 and 2-1/2 and it was great for both of them. Of course, you can see here they were a little messy with the soil, but still, they really enjoyed the entire process and had fun watching them grow.


Libby said...

What a smart tip about planting the shells! Looks like it's a terrific project for minis!

SLC said...

What a great little project. The only seed I have good luck with are marigolds. I may have to try this project with my minis.

tulipmom said...

My little guy will be all over this project! Thanks for the idea.

Caroline said...

What I clever idea! I was planning on planting some seeds anyway.

suburban prep said...

perfect project to do with my niece and nephews. thanks for the idea.

Meg Q said...

Ooh! That is *genius*!

SLC said...

I bought a bunch of seeds today and a dozen eggs. When we get back from Spring Break I'm going to get some potting soil (& more eggs) and get busy on this great little project. I guess we'll be eating a lot of omlettes over the next couple weeks.