This year I made a vow to start learning how to garden. I could grow some vegetables, but that’s my mom’s favorite thing. Instead I wanted to grow some fresh basil, parsley and cilantro. We use basil and parsley in a lot of things, and cilantro is just what one needs to make a great batch of salsa!
Last summer I gave a go at growing seeds in an old plastic container. I never got to writing up a post about it because I butchered it. I ended up frying my seeds. This year I wanted to try something different. The pin I gravitated towards is one where you begin to grow your seedlings in eggshells. I’ve read that eggshells contain calcium which helps to boost plant growth.
Before beginning, I poked some holes in the bottom of the eggshells. I wanted to make sure there was a drainage system in the shells before planting my seeds. This would ensure that any extra water I added wouldn’t drown my seeds. (Note: I did NOT clean out my eggshells before this. I thought that maybe the leftovers from the egg could be beneficial)
Once I filled the egg 3/4 of the way with soil, I added the seeds. Then I covered the seeds in more dirt. After this I gave the seeds quite a bit of water to start the process going.
I added water every other day and after a week I saw……
I grew a plant!!! Basil to be precise. I’m so proud of these little babies! Unlike my attempt at gardening from last summer, these seeds were alive and growing! I now feel overprotective about these tiny babies, but I’m very excited for them. Since I’m confident this worked, I planted the parsley and cilantro with the same technique.
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|I crumpled up the excess top of the egg and sprinkled it around the rest of the dirt. I’m surprised how well and quick my plant grew! I think I’m going to start all my seedlings like this!|