If you’re still on the fence about planting a garden this spring, here’s a super fun idea: seeds planted in empty eggshells. Even if you’ve already started a garden, this is a quick project to do with kids on a rainy day (if you don’t mind a little mess indoors) — or file it away for next spring.
Marcie of the delightful blog Mossy shares today’s “egglings.” Marcie gardens in Irvington, NY, with her 8- and 10-year-old daughters. She’s been gardening for 8 years and helped establish a vegetable garden at their local grade school. (Read about that project, too.)
You’ve probably seen or tried starting seeds in an empty egg carton. Using the eggshells themselves is über eco-friendly and good for the plants — and the best part is you can plant the whole thing when the sprouts are ready. Click on over to Mossy for the how-to, complete with a science lesson on seed germination.
Marcie’s words of wisdom:
“When you grow vegetables, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to know everything there is to know about gardening right this very minute. Just become familiar with one or two plants you plan to grow this year, and then next year, etc. Harvesting family-grown vegetables can be empowering stuff. Involve the kids in the research, the soil preparation, the planting, the watering. Make wide garden pathways for the kids to walk on, look for butterfly eggs, dig for worms and grubs, prepare yourself for messy kids. Anyway, little people live close to the ground. They should be getting dirty.”
Love that philosophy! Thanks, Marcie, for sharing your egglings with us!
Your turn! Show us something you and your kids have done in your garden — just send a picture and description or story of your garden to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you could see your garden here on a future installment of “Worm Wednesday” !