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« on: June 10, 2007 12:52:55 PM »

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!!
« Last Edit: June 13, 2007 12:15:05 PM by carinbrat » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2007 02:54:05 PM »


thats a really good idea!  makes me wish I had a window to put those on!

« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2007 03:31:51 PM »

awesome! I also wish I had a window worthy of such cute plants and planters.

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2007 03:41:01 PM »

I would love to do that..... if I had a green thumb Embarrassed

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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2007 03:46:19 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2007 05:07:06 PM »

Hehe, when I first read the title of your post, my first thought was, "How is she going to get the poor seedlings out?!"

But you cleverly cut off the tops!  I was totally thinking ship-in-a-bottle  Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2007 05:13:38 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2007 05:15:37 PM »

I cut a bottle off last winter and put a cutting in it, but I didn't think to decorate it. I love your bottles.
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2007 05:32:32 PM »

Your plants looks great and so do the bottles. They turned out very pretty. I've never heard of starting seedlings in eggshells. I will have to look that up so i can try it when i start my window herb garden.

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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2007 12:00:56 PM »

Thanks everyone!


« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2007 02:21:24 PM »

SO cute! I love that you started your seeds in an eggshell! I'll be buying some seeds this weekend and try it out! I also love how you decorated your water bottles. Is that material that you decorated with??
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2007 06:29:10 PM »


Yeah, I just measured around the bottle (9 inches) and decided how tall I wanted the wrap to be (3.5 inches) cut some rectangles out of scrap fabric and glued them on.  No seaming, no nothin'.  I even used wood glue, because that was what I had handy!  Then I cut some 9 inch sections of leftover ribbon and glued those on around the edges for trim.

Super easy peasy.

« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2014 02:47:53 AM »

Nice tutorial, When I first saw the title I thought you were going to use an egg with the contents intact by using a pin to drill a hole and dropping the seed in. Then I was thinking you were going to plant the whole egg shell with the top broken off after the seed sprouted. Fooled me though it was another great idea for a smart seed starter container. Great if you eat a lot of eggs. I can't even remember the last time I ate eggs. I think that is what I will make today, eggs in a nest. You know the circle cut out of the bread and cracking the egg right into the circle, also great is frying or toasting the circle you cut out.
thank you for sharing.
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