Spring is just around the corner, and we want you to join in the fun with some growing of your own! Try this fun gardening project to grow your own windowsill Eggshell Herb Garden and enjoy the flavour and health benefits of herbs in your cooking. These eggshell starters are not only incredibly easy to make, they’ll also look adorable in your home until you’re ready to transplant them. Eggshells are an incredible source of calcium carbonate and are often added to compost. This is a great family project that everyone can be involved in. Have fun with it and decorate your eggs, planters, and seed markers.
Herbs are very powerful little plants. Herbs have long been studied and all are shown to be both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Neuroscientists have now linked brain-inflammation to health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s. Antioxidants fight inflammation by terminating free radicals that damage brain cells. Adding fresh herbs to your food can help you combat these issues while adding enticing flavour to your dishes. You can also try out making your own tea and adding fresh herbs or essential oils to your bath water. Still think herbs are boring?
Here’s what you are going to need to start your Eggshell Herb Garden:
– Eggs (as many as you need, one for each plant)
– Butter knife
– Egg carton
– Small spoon
– Seeds (whatever herbs you like)
– Potting soil
Let’s get crackin’! For your eggshells, you can either save them from regular use or crack them in half with the butter knife and save the egg for later.
Boil the eggshells for several minutes to get rid of any traces of Salmonella, then leave the shells out to dry. When the eggshells are dry, use the hammer and nail to create a small hole in the bottom of the shell for drainage. Placing the shells in the egg carton, spoon each egg full with dampened potting soil. Place a few seeds into each eggshell at the depth indicated on the seed package.
Keep your eggs on a windowsill or in a warm, well-lit room and water daily. When the seeds have sprouted, it's time to move them into a bigger pot or into the garden outside. Crack the shell thoroughly and place the entire eggshell starter in the hole you have dug for the plant. The eggshell will decompose and provide both nutrients and protection from pests for your plant.