I love Spring for so many reasons. No longer living in California, I have been able to experience seasons. Seasons used to be things I read about in books and saw on TV as a child. Now they mean so much more as I cook using seasonal, fresh ingredients and grow a garden! My sweet father, George, taught me how to grow so many different foods shortly before he passed away four years ago. I am so grateful for those lessons and having the love of gardening in my blood now. He tried to teach me to grow things my entire life, but I think I had black thumbs until I moved to Tennessee.
Now get to teach my own daughter about growing things. Herbs and things that grow into plants like squash, broccoli, peppers, and many more can be started indoors a few weeks before the last frost (anytime if you live in mild areas of Coastal Southern California.) There is something so magical about planting a seed and watching it grow. Children really enjoy this and I would encourage you to get your kids involved. My daughter loves helping in our garden and I love being able to feed her delicious produce from it. You don't even need a huge area. We use two 4'x4' raised bed kits and a couple of containers and grow a variety of delicious things and pretty flowers, some of which are edible!
Soon-to-be seedlings. 🌱🚜
You can plant the shell once they are 1-2" tall and it will help fertilize your plants! Start herbs, peppers, squash and many other plants this way.
The how to:
•Save your eggshells. (Try to break them off in the top 1/3.)
•Wash them. (In the US, rinse them then boil them for a few seconds to kill any chance of salmonella.)
•Poke a small 2mm hole through the bottom of the shell with a pin or needle for drainage. (Easiest to put them in a crate and go from the top on the inside.)
•Fill with damp seed starter soil.
•Add seeds and water using a squeeze or spray bottle. (Keep soil moisture damp not wet.)
•Store inside until plants are 1-2" tall (thin to one plant per shell.)
•Transplant outdoors after last frost and enjoy your garden!
Home cook, Mom, wife, and crafty creative, Mandy is from California and has traveled the world and lived in lots of places. She has fallen in love with Dallas, TX and calls it home.