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Starting Seeds in Eggshells

Source: Martha Stewart


A selection of seeds you've sown in eggshells makes a delightful Easter gift for a friend of family member. What's more, the process is simple, and when the time comes to transplant them, the shells can be placed in a larger pot or directly into the ground, as they're biodegradable.

Use scissors or the tip of a knife to crack off the top of an egg. Empty out the egg (you can reserve the white and yolk for cooking), and create a drainage hole in the bottom by piercing it with a pin or needle. Set the eggshell in a carton, and use a spoon to fill it with a seed-starting mix. Use one or two seeds per shell, and follow the instructions on the seed package for proper planting depth (the general rule is to plant three times deeper than the size of the seed); Martha uses zinnias, nasturtium, and French marigolds. If you germinate two seeds, you can pinch out the less-healthy one after they begin to grow. To water, remove the shells from the carton, and mist, letting any water drain into a bowl. Place the tray in a sunny window.


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