How To Plant Seeds Using Eggshells

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How To Plant Seeds Using Eggshells
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Here’s a fantastic, easy idea we just came across – how to use eggshells to plant seeds. I love this one. There are numerous benefits to this idea:

1. You don’t have to uproot the seeds when it comes to time to plant them out – simply crack the shells and the roots will grow through! This saves you from potentially damaging the young seedlings – and the shells will break down.

2. The eggshells are biodegradable, so there is no waste.

3. The seeds benefit from the nutrients in the eggshells. Eggshell contains a good quantity of bioavailable minerals – especially calcium; a mineral that is not only essential for humans, but essential to all stages of plant growth.

4. You don’t have to use plastic pots, so it’s eco-friendly! Another win for the zero-waste home 😉

5. It’s free!

6. It’s fun!

This is a great tutorial with lots of pictures. Why not give it a go and let us know how you get on. Here is the link to the full tutorial:

I’m about ready for an omelette!

ps. another useful tip is to bake the eggshells before using them. This makes them break down a lot quicker and renders the calcium more usable to the new plant.

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15 thoughts on “How To Plant Seeds Using Eggshells

  1. I really liked this idea and have shared it on my Facebook page. Thanks for telling me something that I never thought about doing that saves resources.

  2. I also shared on my facebook page. I have friends raising their own chickens, they loved this.

  3. We have 40 hens and use a lot of eggs, however, the shells are also a good source of calcium for the hens, who enjoy eating them. I use the paper type egg cartons for seedlings. We usually have some returned to us by customers, which are too damaged to re-use for selling eggs, but they still make great little seedling trays. I just cut or tear a hole in the bottom of each “cup” at planting out time.

  4. Are the nutrients really available in this application? How much breakdown of the shell does this cause, which would render the nutrients usable by the soil and plants?

  5. I always crush egg shells & use in garden ,snails don’t like them & as you say they are full of nutrients

  6. Hello, Great idea, however I understand the shells have to be boiled before nutrients will be released ?

  7. gracias me parece muy buena la idea,nunca lo habia pensado,asi que lo voy a intentar. sabia que la cascara de huevo tenia mucho calcio.gracias nuevamente.

  8. I feed the egg shells to the chickens and red wiggler composting worms. I plant seeds in cardboard tolit paper tubes cut in half.

  9. I just take a tail end roll of newsprint paper from the newspaper office and cut off strips about 4 inches wide, wrap these around a small can or small diameter bottle. Only have 2 inches of paper on the bottle or can, then when it is tightly wrapped, crush and twist the bottom paper. This secures the tube and now you slide the homemade planting pot off and place upright in a planter tray. Add potting soil and seeds, water lightly several times the first week with warm water. Try to keep there from being water in the bottom of the planting tray, this will encourage the growth of mold or mildew. You can go as far as to mix a plant food solution in a spray bottle and spray the pots once they are made and before the addition of potting soil. I am already starting to make my pots for Spring.
    Note: A roll of paper like I mentioned will be $1.50 to $4.00 at most newspaper offices. A single one of these rolls will make well over 3000 of these biodegradable plant started pots

  10. I am trying this starting march in my windowsill with strawberries, I have to check the germination term but it is Feb 20th and I know I can window sill start planting peppers and tomatoes in zone 5b MA, USA. Strawberries grow wild like weeds so i’m hoping they will do well in the cups. If this comment works, I will report back with results. its 2019 now.. old but great post

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