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Started some tomato seeds today in eggshells!

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by CrazyCatNChickenLady, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty excited to see if this works or not. I planted black cherry tomatoes in the green shells and valencia tomatoes in the tan shells. I used a sharp knife to make the first crack in the skinny end of the egg to give the most root space. I also added a little drain hole on the bottom. They're inside under lights and on a seed starting mat. Hopefully I'll have some little seedlings to give to my mom and dbf's mom for Easter!

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    Hopefully I'll have a comparison shot to this soon with something growing in it!
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  2. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend that does this and just plants the seedling, shell and all.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Just gotta say - Nice green eggs there, and Black Cherry? Always a very smart choice. Love 'em! [​IMG]
     
  4. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea for recycling the shells. I use toilet paper rolls, cut them in half, fill with soil, plant seed. and when it spouts, I put the whole thing in a bigger seed cup made from newspaper, then the whole thing goes into the garden. I won't start mine for acouple more weeks. Good luck, keep sending the pics.
     
  5. mama2my4

    mama2my4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a neat idea! Those would be awesome Easter gifts for a gardener. Let us know how they grow.
     
  6. Ole and Lena

    Ole and Lena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Idea. If only I had ostriches.
     
  7. SophieL

    SophieL Out Of The Brooder

    I did this this year and the predators have been eating up the shells!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

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    I did this last year. It works really good but I started to soon and the plants go so big before I could move them outside. But it did work good and I was able to give some away.
     
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    lagunitas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] And Emu eggs, how awesome would that be?

    Cool pics crazybillionsofcats&chickenslady, can't wait to see how they turn out!! [​IMG]
     
  10. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was shocked to find most of them in some sort of growth! Its only been 6 days. I was worried about not having anything sprouted yet to give to our parents for easter.. [​IMG] I had peeled out the membrane from the inside and it made the eggs really fragile and they're starting to break apart around the top without anything to hold them together.. I will start leaving it in the eggs I have set off to the side to plant in. Last year, and the last 4 or so years prior I used jiffy peat pots to try and start seedlings. Hah, what a joke! Last year I ended up buying started tomato plants because I couldn't even get the seedlings started.


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    My little corner of the workbench in the garage. I have a little low watt light on them because the seeding mat wasn't keeping them warm enough..
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