Monday, March 17, 2014

hello spring!

The kids are on spring break this week, and we have some fun activities planned. Tonight I'm sharing one we actually started a couple of weeks ago. We have 6 chickens, which means we collect about 5-6 eggs a day. I saw an idea for reusing the shells for starting seeds at Fresh Eggs Daily, and we decided to give it a try.

First, I collected some clear plastic egg cartons from the recycling center. (Costco sells eggs in these clear cartons too). Then one morning when we had scrambled eggs, we carefully broke the ends of the shell to save as much as possible for planting.

baby sunflowers!
We did sunflower seeds in the shells. I also filled another egg carton with potting soil to start some seeds of Poor Man's Weather Glass, also know as the Scarlet Pimpernel.  The ones we chose have a blue flower that will close up when it's going to rain. It's suited for rocky areas, so I'm hoping to plant them in our driveway flower bed that is very shallow.

The sprouts are so teensy compared to the sunflowers!

Of course, yesterday we woke up to a dusting of snow, but I know that the warm weather will be here soon and we'll be able to plant these then. Just crush the bottom of the egg shell a little before planting them. I'm hoping to harvest lots of sunflower seeds for our chickens!

1 comment:

Colleen said...

Egg shells made great seed starter pots.
I did have to look up to see what the Poor Man's Weather Glass plant was all about.
What a cute, low grower plant. Love the flowers.
May I ask where you got your seeds from? I would like to start some here to use as ground cover in certain areas?
Thank you and enjoy your day


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