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Published on May 1st, 2011 | by Cait Scott


Eco-friendly Eggshell Seed Starters!


As a novice gardener I’m finding that I am overly eager about starting seeds, transplanting, and harvesting… really, the whole shebang. I want to learn about it all and I want to do it all right now! However, as you may know gardening takes patience, and that’s where side projects have become my savior; an outlet for keeping my hands in the dirt, my green thumb up, and my garden anxieties down. I recently came across an awesome eco-friendly planting project from my family friend Terry. She made the project sound so simple and I already had all the necessary supply’s at home so I immediately got to it.

If anyone you know ever gets stumped on where to begin with sowing seeds, tell them it all starts with breakfast. Well, to be more specific, it starts with egg… shells. Ok, so it has nothing to do with breakfast but if you do have some eggshells ready to go out to the compost, grab em’, and I’ll show and tell you how to make eggshell seed starters.

First, your going to rinse out all of the half eggshells and let them air dry, and make sure to keep your egg carton to reuse and hold the shells!


Next, poke a few drainage holes with a nettle in the bottom of each shell.


Then, fill the shell to the brim with potting soil and poke your pinkie 1/4″ into the dirt; this is where the seed will then be placed and covered lightly with soil.


I chose to plant basil because I can never get enough of it, but you can choose any seed you like. Just make sure to follow the seed instructions on the back of your seed packet, as each plant has basic differential watering, temperature, and spacial requirements. This project would be wonderful for kids or anyone who is curious about starting a little eco-friendly herb garden. From beginning to end you can reuse, reduce, and recycle with this fun project!

I encourage you to share your growing experience or a recipe that you gained from your garden!

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I want to rip out lawns, have dirty hands, and plant vegetables. My latest project is called Honey by the People find us on Facebook and on Instagram!

2 Responses to Eco-friendly Eggshell Seed Starters!

  1. BethBot says:

    Ahhh! I love this! I’m on a protein-intensive diet that requires a lot of eggs. Glad to see there’s a way to put them to good use!

  2. Bear Ride says:

    what a fun and easy project for kids!

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