Eggshell Seed Starting

The Garden Stamp
by The Garden Stamp
45 Minutes
Last year we had great luck starting tomato and pepper seeds inside eggs. This year we've added reusable crates, eggplants and a twist: color. A little organic food coloring and the simple act of planting seeds goes a long way to chase away the winter doldrums. Here's how we did it in four easy steps.
Our first planted seedlings of 2014 nest comfortably on the radiator.
Peppers n' Eggs from 2013. Hoping to achieve the same great results this year.
Step 1. Prep the eggs. Pop the tops, empty and rinse them thoroughly.
Step 2. Bathe and tint the shells in hot water spiked with organic food coloring.
Brown vs white eggs account for the difference in shades.
Step 3. Spoon in your soil or growing media.
Step 4. Plant seeds near the very top, cover gently and water.
Frequently asked questions
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  • Linda Letze Linda Letze on Apr 09, 2020

    Can you put water instead of soil to regrow scallions?

  • Lynnette Bowden Lynnette Bowden on Apr 27, 2020

    How do you pop the tops of raw egg without cracking the whole shell? And where do you get organic food coloring?

  • Lynn Lynn on Aug 29, 2020

    Do you plant the entire eggshell in the garden in the spring?

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  • Lou Lou on Oct 12, 2016
    I used to do this for my kids' teachers at Easter. We put flower seeds in the eggshells and used little baskets lined with Easter grass. The teachers loved them.

  • Marilyn Marilyn on Mar 11, 2019

    I love this idea! Wish I'd thought of it when my kids were young; they would have loved it, too! I would love to try it.