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How To Start Seeds In Egg Shells

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!

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells

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.

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells, Tomato Seeds

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.

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells, Tomato Seeds

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.

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells, Tomato Seeds

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.

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells, Tomato Seeds

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.

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells, Tomato Seeds

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 🙂

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells, Tomato Seeds

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:

Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors Using Egg Shells, Tomato Seeds



Cozy Living Series - April 2020

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Cozy Living Series - April 2020

Making It in the Mountains / Creative Cain Cabin / Hymns and Verses

TO MY REGULAR READERS: ANYTHING YOU SEE IN THE GREEN BOXES WILL BE MY DAILY UPDATE DURING THE VIRUS! Please leave a comment and fill me in on what you’re doing. God Bless you all!

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!

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16 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh Dawn, this is absolutely brilliant!!! We’re just planning out our gardens around here, but I definitely plan to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    1. Krisit, are you able to find plants where you live? Around here they wont’ let us buy seeds or live plants; saying it’s not a necessity while the virus is around.

      1. I call BS on the no-seed buying order. Non-essential??? Riiiiigghhht. We bought extra at Lowe’s, since I didn’t want to wait for online ordering and then have to monitor my front porch.

        Since my indoor pool is closed indefinitely, I’m back to walking for fitness, both physical and mental! My neighborhood is good enough, I can access hilly areas, and when every single park closed in the entire area, it became my only option for which I am grateful.

        I am considered non-essential (dental hygienist and massage therapist), and have been unemployed since March 20. The CARES Act will eventually allow for me to file as a self-employed independent contractor, but for now…..no $$! I KNOW that I am not alone in that circumstance. (hence, the walking 🙂 )

        I wish you and all of your followers good health in every aspect, and will continue to look forward to your updates! Good wishes to your darling Grandma Red, as well!

        1. Lisa, I agree….seeds are essential. My DIL and I are starting to ride bikes this week too, so between walking and biking I may find a way to get these pounds off. I have a friend that is a dental hygienist too and hasn’t been able to get any money. This is crazy the average person can’t go weeks without a pay check before they no longer can eat or pay the necessary bills to keep the lights and water on. Have a wonderful week and keep yourself busy. I sure home you get some money relief soon!

          1. Thanks! Enjoy the outdoor exercise, it’s “essential” 🙂

  2. I have zero gardening skills but would love to plant a little veggie garden. I love this idea and may just give it a try!!!

    Thanks for the cozy inspiration!

    🙂 Linda

    1. Linda, it’s fun to try. Not everything works for me and if it doesn’t produce I just don’t plant it again the next year. For some reason I don’t have the right soil for cucumbers. I plant them with hardly any cucumbers on the vine.

  3. Margaret Shipley says:

    I’ve been teaching first grade online and it’s been very different! This is my 35th year teaching first graders but this online stuff is for the birds! I must say it got better by the end of the week and all my firsties did participate, at least to some degree.
    My peony is growing by leaps and bounds, the lilac is getting ready to bloom, some of the wild flowers have returned, and I’m counting the days till I can get some seeds in the ground.

    1. Margaret, I can’t image trying to teach kids that young on line and keep their attention. Our school is sending homework packets home once a week for the kids that the bus driver delivers door to door. We don’t have internet in our community or online classes of any sort. I wonder how many kids are actually doing it?
      My peonies are just pushing up out of the ground. The lilacs bloom Mothers Day weekend here and I can’t wait. They’re a favorite of mine. Just hearing about yours gets me excited. I’m like you I can’t wait to get planting. Thanks for the update 🙂 Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

  4. Micki Kane says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your days. Stay safe and healthy.

  5. This is so perfect for right now! So many of us “never gardeners” are thinking about starting a garden during these crazy times! My hubs and I were just talking about it this weekend in fact! So, I need all the tips I can get! Thanks for sharing your other posts too!

    1. Doreen, I think starting a garden is a great idea. You’ll love it once you see all the produce you’ll get from it.

  6. This is such a great idea! I never thought to do this but can see that it helps the seedlings and breaks down in the soil. Great idea! Thank you for the post. xx

    1. Danielle, Yes it’s the perfect way to get a little compost and also be the plants temporary pot!

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