Calling all Gardeners to ask you this most important question have you ever sprouted seedlings in egg shells? Well, guess what… I gave this economical and pretty cute gardening idea a try and it worked marvelously!
This is such an easy and really “green,” way to sprout your seeds and at the same time nourish the soil! I shared an earlier post right here on how the process all began. I surely feel as though I need to do a little follow-up so you could all see the results yourself and then make your own determination if you want to give this gardening method a try.
This is our 30’x30′ garden plot and the third season of growing and where I have planted a million flower seeds. ( Well maybe not a million, but it sort of felt like it when I was finished! We have amended this soil with sand, ash, coffee, grounds, mulch, grass clippings and more. Stay tune for next month’s gardening post on how to amend garden soil.
So, let’s see, getting back on track I want to mention the many benefits of using eggshells in the garden. You know there are many ways to use eggshells in the garden, but for us it all begins in the morning when we have our eggs for breakfast! ( I save those shells) Eggshells are a great way to level off the soil pH and provide a turbo boost of calcium too. Plants easily soak up this necessary nutrient. Eggshells also help to prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes.
Of course gardeners know that there are some basic nutrients which plants need to thrive. The most basic and important are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for healthy growth. Calcium is also essential for building the healthy cell walls of a plant. Eggshells are composed of calcium carbonate and an excellent and thrifty way to amend the soil.
So, after all of this talk about the benefits of eggshells, here it the lowdown on how to transfer the eggshell planter to the garden or a container. It’s just as easy as cracking an egg! (LOL)
Once those tender sprouts have grown big enough to actually move, thin them out (I didn’t with this cat grass because I wanted little clumps of grass) Gently crack the eggshell around the sprouts and plant them. Eventually the roots will grow beyond the eggshell into the soil and the shell will continue to provide nourishment to the plant and surrounding area. In time the entire shell will biodegrade.
Since Sadie and I spend so much time together she is becoming an excellent conversationalist, confidant and advisor on gardening.
If you plan a season ahead add eggshells in the Fall. Simply grind them up with a blender, mixer or even a mortar and pestle and then till them into the soil. The eggshells will break down over the Winter months and be absorbed in the Spring by the plant’s roots.
Looking forward to seeing what you are growing this year!
I so enjoyed reading all of the heartfelt comments on my last post, and I thank you for sharing your heart and time with me. We most certainly are in this big old world together!
Sending love and peace always,
Jemma and Sadie