Hatching Flowers | Whole Green Love

10 Apr

Eggs are a very versatile food. You can add them to so many baked good recipes, or how about your meatloaf, lasagna, french toast…I could go on and on with all the ways you can use these little guys. Today though, I am looking at what you can do with that lovely eggshell. And no, we are not whipping up any vaccines preparations! HA!

Laura has already shown you with her recent post Spring Seedlings: Planting Cups of Love, how easy it is to set up a little seedling grow station right in your house. I found this awesome spring and kind of Eastery seedling project and thought you might like to try it out as well!

I had been thumbing through this Country Woman magazine during lunch at work. Checking out some tasty recipes they had picture in it, when I came across this eggshell sprouting project. I had to give it a try!  Here is how you throw these cute little egg seedlings together:

Materials

Uncooked eggs

Potting Soil

Seeds

Bowl

Liquid soap

Paper towels

Spoon

Long sewing needle

Colored card stock

Clear tape

You’ll want to get your card stock bases put together first.  You can cut them into 1 ¼ in. x 5 in strips and then wrap them around an egg to make sure the ring size fits the egg before you tape it together. These will be the cute little holders for your egg seedlings.

You’ll want to crack your eggs near the upper third of the eggshell to make a nice little opening to put your soil and seeds in. The magazine suggests using a metal spoon to crack that upper third of the egg, but I found it easiest to just crack the egg in the upper third against my metal bowl and then peel away the shell until it was a good sized opening. I saved all my eggs so I can use them in a baking project. I’m thinking a quiche…mmm.

Once your shells are all prepared carefully rinse them out with soapy water. Make sure to keep the body of the shell intact. If you are doing this project with kids the cracking, rising, and drain hole parts are pretty delicate and should probably be done by the “grown up “. Once rinsed and dried you can use your long sewing needle to punch a hole through the bottom of the shell. This will act as a drain when you water them. I found it easiest to sit the egg on the counter and push the needle straight through the bottom from the inside. I think it helped prevent it from cracking.

The next part is the fun part. The kiddies will love to get involved here too. Spoon the soil into the eggs until they are about half full. Add a few seeds and then cover with a little more soil. You can place it in the little card stock ring holder on top of a sheet of paper towel. This will help absorb any moisture from watering them. Keep them in a nice sunny place indoors and water them regularly.

Once you are ready to transplant these little seedlings outside all you have to do is crack the body of the eggshell and you can plant the whole seedling cup, egg and all, right into the soil outside. Make sure you put some nice cracks in the egg so the roots and break through as the plant grows.

This was such a fun project with eggs and seedlings and is a great way to recycle your eggshells. Talk about a no waste project! These would be super cute as a table center piece for Spring. I am planning on bring them into the clinic I work at down town, so our patients can watch them grow. I’m hoping they will add a little spring cheer!

How are your spring planting projects going?

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