I've always had a love for indoor gardening.
Not only does it clean the air, it also gives me something pretty and green to look at! I've been growing herbs indoors for years, and last year I even kept an indoor lemon tree year round in our apartment. How lovely it is to get bright lemons when there's a snowstorm outside!
I don't always start my plants from seeds, but I do love seeing them sprout and monitoring how they are tended to, since I prefer natural pest control to chemicals. Eggshells are perfect to start your seeds in, since when you transfer them to soil or a pot the shell will continue to nourish them for months to come!
To get started, tap, the top of the eggs until you can crumble off the top, leaving about 3/4 of the egg intact. If you accidentally chip off too much, don't worry! Rinse out the shells with hot water, and place them back in your carton.
New (and old) plants need filtration, so using a needle or pin, poke a little hole on the bottom of your egg. You might be surprised at how strong a healthy egg shell can be!
After you poke a hole on the bottom, you are going to add some dirt. Listen folks, healthy dirt = healthy plants, so don't go for the cheapest stuff you can find. The dirt will give the seedling its first nutrients, so choose with care! After you spoon in the dirt, spray it with some water since seeds need high humidity to sprout. HINT: Add a couple spritzes of magnesium oil into the water if you have it! Plants crave this nutrient just like humans!
Pop your little seed in the shell, spritz with water again, and then cover with dirt. The amount of dirt that goes on top depends on the plant, so check out the packet's instructions. I planted cilantro, the much coveted herb here in Korea!
After you cover it with dirt, yep, you got it...spritz it again! Cover it with plastic or glass to keep the humidity high and place in a warm spot. I chose by our window since they will get some sun when they sprout. Although, I do have to move the seeds when we leave the house since our dogs have developed a taste for plants... Can we have a moment of silence for my (previously) lovely succulent garden that they thought was a salad?
All seeds are different, but it will take a couple weeks for the sprouts to grow. Make sure to spritz them and keep things humid! Once they sprout, pop the egg out of the carton and place it in the soil! If you're planting it in a pot, crush the shell a little bit since there won't be worms to help the shell decompose.
Let me know how it works for you, and tell me some of your best gardening tips in the comments below!