As spring approaches our thoughts turn toward the garden. Last week we were out marking off locations for our new garden beds... the kids staking out areas for their butterfly and hummingbird gardens. The garden notebook has come out to assist in making a map filled with the new vegetable beds, a pea tee pee, a sunflower house and a pumpkin patch, of course.
We still have a good icy layer of snow on the ground. Most folks around these parts don't put the garden in until June 1st. With such a short growing season, and such a long time to wait until we can truely put in the garden, it is essential and fun to get a head start on things inside.
One of our favorite ways to get that head start is to start seedlings in egg shells.
We start by washing the egg shells and storing them in a safe place until they are needed and we have enough for our project. When the timing is right (depending on your growing season) simply fill the egg shells with soil, plant your seeds, keep moist and watch for your seedlings. Sometimes we keep them in egg cartons to help them stay upright and organized. When it is time to transplant them simply break the bottom of the eggshell and place everything in the pot or garden bed.
We have some time before we will start this project but, for those of you in warmer places, we would love to see some pictures of your seedlings in the TMG flickr pool.
Have you started any spring garden projects? We would love to hear about them.