It is planting season. But, if there is still frost in the mornings where you live, it is a good idea to start your seeds indoors. That helps keep your garden timeline on schedule while protecting those baby plants. An easy way to do this is to use egg shell seed starters.
Egg shell seed starters are just like regular seed starter planters, But they can benefit your garden in different ways.
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BENEFITS OF EGG SHELL PLANT STARTERS
First of all, egg shells have long been revered by gardeners to provide nutrients to the soil and serve as fertilizer for the plant. As they grow in the shells, they benefit from both of these, at a very early stage.
However, one of the most positive reason to use an egg shell starter has to do with planting time. Simply dig a hole large enough for the egg shell to sit in. Then, crack the bottom of the shell (allowing the roots to take hold). Then, cover up the shell with dirt!
Not only does this cut down on waste, but it also helps the soil, plant and makes for easy clean up.
HOW TO CREATE EGG SHELL STARTERS
It is really easy to make them. For starters, you will need egg shells. If you plan on using them, you have to be careful when you crack open your eggs. Try to break them open at the top, so you will have plenty of room for the soil. Rinse the shell clean and place in a container for storage (make sure they will not be able to move and crack).
When you are ready to create the planter, fill the shell with soil and then add a good amount of water. (You want the soil to be moist, but not too wet). Plant the seeds as directed on the package. Put your shells in a sunny location, so they can grow. Water as needed and rotate them every few days so that the plants get equal sunlight on all sides.
Once you see your plants have started (and the threat of frost has passed), transplant them to your garden and enjoy!!