IT’S SPRING PLANTING TIME AND THAT MEANS IT’S ALOS TIME TO START THOSE VEGETABLE AND FLOWER SEEDS INDOORS. MY FAVORITE THING TO USE AS A POT IS AN EGGSHELL. SEE HOW IT’S DONE AND WHY!
Have you started thinking about gardening yet, are you drooling over the seed catalogs showing up in your mailbox daily, or maybe you save your own seeds from year to year? Right now I’m just about as board as I can be but it didn’t lighten my spirit to do a little garden planning and seed starting this week.
Today is the day I get together with other bloggers and share ideas. This is all possible due to Jennifer from Town-n-Country Living being gracious enough to put this all together for us. The other ideas are listed below and all contain clickable links, so pop over and get other great April ideas.
WHAY YOU’LL NEED
Start by saving those eggshells from your morning breakfast and don’t forget to also keep the carton. Seeds of course and a seed starting soil mix. And a spray bottle or mister to water with.
WHAT TO DO
Start by placing the eggshell half’s into the individual egg compartments inside the carton. Next fill each shell with the seed starter mix. You’ll need to pack it down with your finger a tad bit, it’s light and airy and will not be enough soil once it’s watered if you don’t poke it down a little. Next place a seed or two depending on what you’re planting.
I normally plant two seeds to an eggshell for tomatoes and peppers. Not all the seeds will germinate and I can always thin out the plants and repot them if both seeds do germinate. Next sprinkle a tiny bit more soil on top and water using a spray bottle or mister. You don’t want to overwater so be mindful of that. Place the carton in a sunny spot, keep soil moist, and watch them grow.
WHY EGG SHELLS
The best part of planting in eggshells is they are their own little pot, they will compost into the soil so plant egg and all into the garden, the shell will provide nutrients for the seedling. Oh and they also look pretty darn cute on my windowsill 🙂
GARDEN TIPS AND TRICKS
I’ve been vegetable gardening for years. I failed at things, I’ve been successful with things and I’ve also learned a lot along the way. Here are some ideas that have been helpful to me and I hope to you also:
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Wed April 1: Finally a day when everyone was out of the house except me so I decided to get a little cleaning done and add some spring touches to the cabin. I don’t know about you but I can’t seem to get anything done when kids or hubby’s around. They all seem under foot if you know what I mean.
I managed to move all the living room furniture, vacuum the area rug, mop the floors on the main lever, take down the living room curtains and replace them with something for spring, remove the kitchen valance completely, swap out the throw pillows with spring colors, and change out the small décor pieces sitting around.
I also managed to get 4 loads of laundry on the line, call and talk to Grama Red for a while, and whip up a batch of tater tot casserole for dinner. Wow this is the first day I’ve actually felt like it wasn’t bad being at home all day. It felt so good to get something accomplished that I wanted to do and the cabin looks so nice with the added spring colors.
I did find time to snap a few pics so I’ll be sharing those with you soon. The next two days are supposed to be sunny and in the high 40’s so I’m planning on getting the chicken coop ready for baby meat chicks.
Thursday April 2: Yippee, the sun is shining and it’s going to be 50 degrees and that means I’ll have to find myself something outside to do. I placed the seeds I planted outside in direct sunlight hoping the soil would warm up and the seeds start to germinate.
I also had Hubby take me to the feed store to pick up my meat chicks. There’s a shortage on all baby chicks in my area so once I found a store that had just had a batch delivered we headed straight over to pick them up. I ended up with 25 birds. It was nice to be outside cleaning up the coop from over the winter. I found one dead bird and one dead mouse that I swept up and deposited into the compost bin. Hubby got the power going for me while I put the pine chips down and filled the feeder and water. It sure was nice to be outside again.
I realized it was 2 o’clock so I ran inside to pop corned beef into the oven to make chipped beef and toast out of for dinner. We have some bread that’s getting stale so it’s the perfect way to use it up. If you’ve never tried making it from corned beef before you’ll have to give it a go. It’s simply delicious and the beef cooks itself and couldn’t be any easier. I bake it in tinfoil along with the seasoning packed and a small jar of stone ground mustard on top, one hour per pound at 350. It turns out just perfect every time. Then I use the drippings from the tinfoil packet to make homemade gravy.
Friday April 3: What a busy morning, I helped two friends apply for unemployment online that couldn’t figure out the system. So many people are on applying it’s running so slowly that it takes for every.
I lost a baby chick over night. It’s pretty normal after transporting them home form the store to lose one, and I did. He looked pretty healthy too; it wasn’t even the runt of the bunch. I normally like to leave them in the store for a about a week before picking them up. That way if any die it’s on their watch not mine, and I’m not paying for a chicken that’s never going to produce but with the scarcity I had no choice.
The weather is so nice that I was able to hang two loads of laundry on the line and sit outside on the deck to read for a while.
Don’t tell my hubby, but he’s driving me crazy. He’s not used to being idle and when he has a day off he normally golfs but all the courses are closed around here due to the virus. Finally today he decided to go fishing and get out of my hair for a while. I love him to death, he’s a wonderful man but it was time for a little alone time for me.
I’m going to drop a few eggs in the Instantpot and hard-boil them for egg salad sandwiches. It’s something that I look forward to, as the days get warmer. I know it’s not strictly a summer food but it seems like it’s the only time I make them. My Mom loved my recipe and I’d have a batch waiting for here every year when she’d come home to Michigan for the summer. This will be the second summer without her and I sure miss her.
Saturday April 4: Things are getting strange around here all the stores that are considered open for business because they are essential are only letting 50 people in at a time. They’re standing with an ipad and counting the people. You have to wait outside in a line 6 feet apart even if you’re with your spouse you can’t stand together. I feel like I’m no longer living in the U.S. that’s for sure. But miraculously there was toilet paper on the shelves for the first time today. I’m not sure if it’s because they are limiting the number of shoppers it just wasn’t all bought up yet or if the supply is finally meeting the demand.
I baked and angle food cake and mashed up a few frozen strawberries for shortcake after dinner tonight. Then watched a few shows on my ipad. Our weather was cold and rainy so I wasn’t able to spend any time outside like I’d planned on.
Please fill me in on what you’ve been up to!