This is sort of recycling, sort of gardening, sort of crafting.
I'm not sure!
At any rate, I did this today:
Left to right:
dill, dill, flat leaf parsley, basil, basil, basil and more basil...
I started them in leftover egg shells (very nutritious, both for me and the little seedlings) and then when they were all grown up I transfered them to leftover water bottles (tops cut off).
The dill and parsley were started a few weeks after the basil, which is why they are so much scrawnier. I've got some more shells with more dill and parsley as well as some tyme that I started today.
Then I just cut out some scrap fabric and ribbon and glued it on!
using eggshells as seed cups is super easy.
1. when cracking an egg for use, make sure to leave 2/3rds or so of the egg intact, with as clean a crack around as possible.
I didn't get this one very well cracked, but it did the job:
2. cook, eat and otherwise enjoy your egg.
3. rinse out shell and let it dry.
4. write on shell whatever the seed is going to be.
5. fill egg shell with dirt, add seeds, sprinkle a little more dirt to cover seeds.
6. place in egg carton.
7. water GENTLY and liberally. I use the smallest drip possible to soak the dirt, but not disturb the seeds.
8. Cover entire egg carton with saran-wrap. This creates a little mini-greenhouse.
9. I never let the dirt get dry while the seeds are sprouting. I check them once a day or so and water as needed. always gently.
note: not all my seeds sprout. The losers get tossed. the winners get water water water! If you're having problems at this stage, you're probably not watering them regularly enough. They are very delicate and will keel over and die if you look at them wrong.
10. Once they are spilling out of the egg shells, I crack away the shell and transfer them gently to a larger pot, in this case it was the water bottles. again, with every transfer, lots of water!
11. I'm not really a gardener, so I can't speak with too much authority on this, but I think once they are at the stage that the basil is in these pictures (about a month?) they are a little hardier and don't need so much water. At this point I wouldn't want to OVER water them, because that would kill them as well. Having good drainage is important. At this point I will continue to give them a good soak about twice a week.
and then I will start making plans for pesto!!
I hope that's helpful!!