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Eggshell planters

A clever way to transplant seedlings.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Recycle your egg shells from the kitchen to help your garden grow. Eggshells are a really useful resource in the garden and can be used in a lot of beneficial ways. Keep the larger pieces of eggshells aside while you're cooking so you have a stock to use in the garden.

Lots of plants grow well if you plant the seeds in seedling trays or pots and then transplant them into the ground where they continue growing. However, when the part of the plant that we eat grows under the ground, like parsnip, carrot or daikon, transplanting can be challenging for the plant. One way to get around this is to plant the seed in an eggshell, then plant the whole shell into the ground.

The other types of plants that particularly benefit from being planted in eggshells are those from the Solanaceae family, because they have a high need for calcium. This family includes capsicums, chillies, eggplants and tomatoes.


What to do

    1. Carefully make a good-sized hole in the bottom of each eggshell with the skewer.

    2. Use spoons to fill the eggshells with seed-raising mix.

    3. Place each filled eggshell back into the egg carton.

    4. Place about two seeds in each eggshell – as a general rule, work out the dimensions of the seed and plant it at three times that depth.

    5. Use the sprayer to moisten the soil with mist.

    6. Continue to care for the growing seeds as usual. When the first true leaves appear, thin them out to leave only the strongest seedling in each eggshell.

    7. When it’s time to plant them in the garden, tap the eggshell gently on a hard surface to crack it (not too much), then plant the whole eggshell seedling in the garden.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity whose vision is to see children form positive food habits for life. The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.

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