Not too long ago, I saw Rhonda from “If you do stuff, stuff gets done” starting some seeds in eggshells. This made sense to me as eggs are something to save for composting and to crush up when you plant tomatoes, and this would cost nothing. ( and she’s smart like that : ) So I started saving some eggshells.
I am sure that you have heard of Master Gardeners…I know a few…but I have a Munchkin Gardener. Anyone familiar with little boys can just imagine the look on my grandson’s face when I said “Do you want to play with dirt in the house today?” ( it was still cold outside :)
Yes, that look was utter delight.
I filled a small mixing bowl with seed starting mix and gave him a teaspoon and he ‘went to town’ and had fun. I put sweet alyssum seeds into the eggshells and watered them lightly with his help. These are easy to grow and I wanted him to actually see growth in a week or two.
The real reason that I wanted to start some seeds earlier than I normally would is because of the Cardinal Vine. I recalled seeing and reading about this vine over at An Enchanted Cottage last year, and ordered some seeds. When I let Donna know, she warned me to start them early. I checked the seed packet and no wonder…it said 14-21 days for germination alone. So after we were done with the eggshells, I had my grandson fill some other containers that I’d saved. I had a pudding cup in the fridge and solemnly informed him that as part of this project he had to take a break and eat some pudding so that he could put dirt into it. In this picture you can see some pudding at the corner of his mouth there : )
When I took out the Cardinal Vine seeds, the packet instructions said to knick the seeds first. This reminded me of Morning Glory seeds, so being lazy, I decided to soak the seeds in water for a day or two and see if they opened on their own that way, in the manner of Morning Glories…so the containers in the above photo stayed empty for a day or so until they did.
Meanwhile, Balisha over at Simply Balisha was wishing that she had a greenhouse the other day. Well, Balisha, little Brent and I now have a greenhouse but I hope that no one in our family wants a cake for a few weeks! :) ( Balisha doesn’t really need a greenhouse ; she’s got a green thumb! )
A month or so ago, a large hole opened up at the foot of my property. At first I called the gas company ( as there was a gas line marker close by ) but they said it was a storm drain pipe and to inform the borough. The borough came by to cover the hole with a cone, and then the other day they came by to do this….and it was a shame that my little construction vehicle loving grandson wasn’t here on THAT day. He would have loved to see them work on this for a few hours.
They made a bit of a mess and informed me that they’d be back to fix the yard up when the weather improved.
Back to the subject brought up earlier of Master Gardeners. My friend Judy over at GrandparentsPlus2 is a Master Gardener and you can often find interesting posts there during gardening season. If you are into Heirloom Seeds, and would like to purchase some for this gardening season, her daughter at 1840 Farm has a post up about her latest seed collection HERE.
Here’s to hands in the dirt and another wonderful gardening season for us all! :) Though I do see that snow showers are forecast for tomorrow morning here.
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