Interested in gardening with egg cartons? It’s that time of year again! Winter will be over before you know it and Spring is just around the corner. In this article, I’m going to show you how to use eggshells and cheap egg cartons to start your seed planting.
How to Start Seeds in Eggshells and Egg Cartons
Using Eggshells to Start Your Seeds
What a great way to recycle what you already have to create a healthy plant! And an added bonus…No waste and it won’t cost you anything more to get started. And when the weather is just right you can put the entire seedling into the ground and the eggshell will provide nutrients for the plant.
Here’s how to get started!
- Save your eggshells. Rinse them out so they won’t become sticky or smelly.
- Add soil to the eggshells. You want to be sure to use seed starting soil. This is a lighter soil that allows the root system to grow freely through the plant, creating a strong and healthy plant.
- Add the seeds to the soil and slightly push down just until the seeds are fully covered. Make sure you don’t push them too deep. If they are in the soil too deep, it will take longer for your seedlings to germinate.
- Water your seeds preferably with a spritzer bottle, especially for very small seeds, so that it doesn’t push the seeds too deep into the soil. Keep the soil moist, but not soaked. Also, carefully poke a tiny hole at the bottom of the eggshell for water drainage. A small nail should do the trick.
- If you really want to give your seeds a jump start, place the eggshells in a plastic egg carton and put the lid on. This will act as a mini greenhouse. Once your seeds sprout, remove the lid so that mold does not develop.
- Put them in a sunny window and enjoy watching them grow.
If your weather is ready for planting, then simply put the eggshell plant right into the soil, eggshell and all!
Using Egg Cartons to Start Your Seeds
Another easy way to start seeds indoors is to use egg cartons!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a paper egg carton
- potting soil
- plastic wrap
The individual dimples within the egg carton will be used as individual seed-starter pots.
Here’s how to get started!
- Take an empty cardboard egg carton and poke a small hole in the bottom of each dimple to allow for water drainage.
- Fill each individual dimple with seed starting soil. This is a lighter soil that allows the root system to grow freely through the plant, creating a strong and healthy plant.
- Plant seeds according to the planting-depth instructions (found on the back of the packet) in each individual dimple.
- Mist with water regularly keeping the soil moist (but not soaked). You might want to keep the carton on a plate or something so the water doesn’t go everywhere.
- To give extra warmth and humidity (if needed), I like to cover the top of the egg carton with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap should be like a little tent. To prop up the plastic wrap, I like to position toothpicks in the middle of the clear egg carton.
- Place the carton in a sunny spot and watch the plants grow!
- Once the seeds start to sprout, cut apart the individual dimples and plant the seedlings straight into your prepared garden or pot. There is no need to remove the sprouting seed from the carton, just plant the whole thing!
Check out this video from ehowgarden on how to plant seeds in egg cartons:
And there you have it. An easy and earth-friendly way to grow and plant your seeds. All you need to do is save some of the eggshells from cooking. Once the weather is right, start planting and let the shells supply the nutrients.
Have you tried growing seeds from egg cartons? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 20, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.