You recall last year I mentioned that I was saving all the empty egg shells from the eggs that I used in cooking / breakfast, etc. as well as all the empty loo roll holders. I have a limited number of seedling trays and I wanted to compliment that quantity of seeds I could grow without having to purchase more plastic (trays).
With the move from town to farm, a whole bunch of the shells got broken, but I did managed to use over 80 empty egg shells, as well as numerous empty loo roll holders :)
And, even though my planting was late this year, I have a good crop of seedlings peeping through the soil. I'm not terribly worried as we have a long planting season here - heck, I've still got broad beans being produced on the plants I cut back. Who would have thought in the heat we are already experiencing...?
|Loads of empty egg shells in egg cartons - to hold|
them upright. They, too, became too soggy and
But, I thought I'd give you some feedback on egg shells vs loo roll holders...
The loo roll holders I found got too soggy, and fell apart when it came time to plant them out. And one has to space them very closely together too - to prevent them from falling over.
But the egg shells - they're a winner!!!!The benefit, for me, is that while I am reusing the empty egg shells, I am also simultaneously adding calcium to the soil when I plant out the seedlings.
And, hopefully, the extra benefit is that the bit of egg shell peeping above the ground will act as a cut-worm deterrent.
To use your egg shells, make sure that you cut the egg open as close as possible to the pointed end of the shell. A hassle initially, as one is used to cracking eggs through the middle. But, you soon get used to it :)
And just think of not having to sterilize those seedling trays ever again...!
A last tip - all those seedling trays you have lying around - keep them and use them to support the egg shells whilst the seeds are germinating.
Using empty egg shells, to grow seedlings, works. I promise :)