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Egg shell container gardens: A great way to get kids interested in planting

If you’re new to gardening, you’ll soon realize that this activity is a relaxing, fun way for your family to spend time together. It can be simple to get kids excited about growing flowers, vegetables and herbs and promote healthy habits that will follow them for the rest of their lives. If we can offer one piece of gardening advice, it’s to take it slow: Before bringing kids outside to plant with you, try easing into it by first introducing them to container gardening. With a wide array of items that can be used as containers, kids will likely be able to transform some of their favorite things into colorful, fragrant gardens. Egg shells and cartons are a great way to start.

A new look for egg shells!
To help kids grow a green thumb, many parents look to discarded egg shells. These small containers make the perfect seedling pots for small plants and can easily be placed to grow in a sunny place in your kitchen or patio. According to Squawk Fox, egg shells are great for container gardening for many reasons, including:

– They naturally contain many nutrients found in soil, like calcium
– They are free, if you eat eggs
– They are biodegradable and can be planted outside when kids are ready to move on to outdoor gardening
– They grow seeds that are strong and hearty
The possibilities for this method of container gardening are virtually endless. According to TreeHugger.com, you can grow flowers, herbs, apples, cherries, cucumbers, citrus fruits and more in tiny egg shell containers.

How to get started
For your egg shell container garden, you will need to gather eggs, an egg carton, a small sharp knife, a thumbtack, a spoon, potting soil and boiling water. First, use the thumbtack to poke a small hole into the top of each shell. Next, using a small knife, remove the top third of the egg shell. Gently cut a hole into the egg then use your fingers to pick away at small pieces of shell until you reach the desired hole size. Empty the raw eggs into a bowl, then boil the empty egg shells in a pot of boiling water for three minutes to kill bacteria.

Now you’re ready to plant! Place each dry egg shell back into the egg carton and fill with seeds and potting soil. Have kids tend to their container garden on a regular basis – as they watch the tiny plants sprout and grow, they will learn to share your love of gardening.