Planting with Egg ShellsGeneral
Summer is here, and you know what that means: it’s time to get your hands dirty! To ring in the season of blue skies and sunshine, we’re giving the long-overlooked eggshell a new sense of purpose as a biodegradable planter for your homegrown plants. Plant the eggshells directly into the soil of your home garden and they’ll nourish not only the growing plant, but also the soil surrounding it. Whether you’re a seasoned professional with a backyard greenhouse or a beginner looking for a fun and easy gateway to gardening, this planting project is worthy of two green thumbs up.
What you need:
-An egg carton filled with a dozen Burnbrae
-Seeds (we used tomato and flower seeds)
-A small spray bottle
-A sharp knife
Carefully crack the tops off the 12 eggs and pour the liquid eggs into a bowl (Note: Don’t waste the eggs! We made ours into a delicious lunchtime omelette)
Clean the egg residue off the shells and place them back into the carton
Spoon the soil into the egg shells (this step might get messy so make sure to have some paper towel on hand!)
Drop the seeds into the soil, and spray them with water.
Wait a week or two for your seeds to grow into healthy plants, then either place the egg carton in the garden and let it decompose to give the plants some healthy fertilizer or keep your plants inside to give your house a cheery spring feeling!
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At Burnbrae Farms we are proud to produce nutritious affordable eggs for Canadians while working to protect and enrich the environment. As part of that commitment, we closely monitor energy and water use, divert waste from landfills, recycle and compost eggshells, and reuse the water used to wash the eggs. We are constantly researching projects to look at ways to reduce our GHG energy use, one of these projects is the use of solar water heaters in a test run by the Poultry Operations team using solar energy to heat the water used in the office.