Starting seedlings indoors can be educational and environmentally friendly. Start your summer garden by saying no to plastic and yes to this natural planter.
Eggshells make the perfect indoor seedling starters. They’re just the right size to start seeds, and when you’re ready to move outdoors, the plant does not need to be removed! They are an all-natural, all-awesome way to get your garden started.
- Carton of eggs
- Potting soil
- Thumbtack or needle
Crack open eggs
Crack the eggs on a sharp edge — like a counter or the edge of a bowl.
It works best to break the top third of the eggshell, if possible.
Rinse out shells
Pour egg white and yolk into a container to save, and rinse the shell with water.
Poke a hole
Poke a small hole in the bottom of the shell with a thumbtack or needle.
The hole will allow the water to drain from the plant when you water.
Fill the shells with soil and seeds
Fill half the shell with potting soil, add your seed and then cover the seed until the egg is full.
Water your seedlings and watch them grow!
Get ready to move the seedlings
When it is time to move your seedlings outdoors, it’s best to crack the shells around the seedlings before planting so the roots have room to expand.
Kid-friendly addition: My daughter made a stand for her egg planter. She used a strip of construction paper that she decorated, and then she glued it just right to hold her egg.