Create your own carton of garden hatchlings! This is a great, inexpensive way to start your seeds indoors, while being creative at the same time!
What you need:
• A carton of eggs, washed and dried. You can use any clean eggshells as well.
• Egg Carton
• Seeds. Basil is great for this project, or sprouts. Something that can be transplanted in a week or two.
• Small spoon
• Wet paper towel or moist towelette
• Decorations: Googly eyes, stickers, pipe cleaners
• Sharpie to draw faces
- Crack the eggs open and empty the contents. Wash and dry the shells.
- Decorate the outside of the shell with stickers, funny eyes, and draw features. Remember the seedlings will resemble hair.
- Gently spoon the seed starting mix into the eggshell. (TIP: cover the bottom of the carton with a paper towel or tin foil so you can easily clean up the soil that spills.)
- Drop in 2-3 seeds into each shell and cover with a little soil, as directed on the seed packet.
- Use your moist towelette to wipe off any excess soil from the shells.
- Mist the soil and place it in a sunny windowsill.
- Water gently and watch the "hair" grow! Remove all but one seedling when they are about 1 inch tall.
- In a week or two, crack the shells and plant the seedlings into your garden. If you are growing sprouts, enjoy them in a few days!