5 DIRTY Randoms : & gardening with Rhonda, Donna, Balisha & Judy

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.

spooning dirt into eggshells

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.

construction day

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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34 Responses to 5 DIRTY Randoms : & gardening with Rhonda, Donna, Balisha & Judy

  1. Stacey says:

    That sounds like so much fun on a ‘not yet spring’ day. :) Playing in the dirt with a little boy is the best!

    I have tons of seeds from my Hyacinth Bean Vine if you want some.I’d be happy to send you some. I love this vine because it’s beautiful but doesn’t destroy anything.

    You commented on my blog about looking forward to tomatoes and peaches, those are two of my very favorite things in the summer! I’ve said many times that tomatoes and peaches are summer to me. A little watermelon doesn’t hurt either. ;)

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Stacey that is so sweet, thank you! : ) I have those seeds…Balisha had sent me two quilting books awhile back with a surprise …those seeds were wrapped in blue netting and they are so pretty and unusual that at first I thought they were little cloth buttons! :) I’ll start all the rest of my seeds out on the porch mid-April or so, as there is really no room in this house. My latest home decor vignette is…that cake holder on top of the piano, lol! ( Safe from the cat…she is part of the problem, or I could start more inside on top of the radiators )

  2. Grandma Kc says:

    Love the greenhouse idea! Brent really does look like he is having such a good time — and being so careful in his work. He’s going to love watching them sprout. Really to bad he missed that huge construction thingy. He could have supervised.

  3. There is nothing like a “super” helper and that is definitely what I’d call a “Yankee” greenhouse – love it. :-)

  4. Jane says:

    It looks like you and your little man had a ball! I never heard of the eggshell idea and I think it’s so cool! I think everything is going to be a little late here!


  5. Good luck with your seeds! I had some Cardinal Vine self sow along the back of my fence. Don’t know how it got there since none of my immediate neighbors grow it but it sure was pretty.

  6. Barb says:

    How delightful! I often have grandchildren help me plant seeds, but just the idea of eggshell planting would bring smiles to their faces! Thanks for the idea. Your little guy sure is cute and is concentrating very hard not to make a mess!

  7. Don’t we have fun visiting with our friends and sharing ideas. It’s just like in the old days…chatting across the fence while we hang clothes on the line! Feels great! Hugs!

  8. Linderhof says:

    What a clever idea — the eggshells AND the cake cover! Keep us advised about their growing!

  9. Joyce says:

    Love your project with the little guy-I have some eager hands that have been helping me in my Greenhouse too!
    Good luck!

  10. Rhonda says:

    Aww how to sweet to see you mention me and what a nice compliment! I hope your seeds grow fast.
    I like the egg method so much, I’ve started even more. I feel so thrifty :)

  11. Vickie says:

    The perfect project with a little one! I’m going to try this when we babysit next week. I’m always looking for fun things to do with a 3 year old. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Balisha says:

    Thanks for the mention. I really enjoyed reading about your venture in indoor gardening. I did the eggshells with my kids and the scouts years ago. We did another project…you take a clear canning jar and put a moist paper towel rolled up inside along the edges. In between the towel and the glass you place bean seeds. Push them down to the middle of the jar and wait for them to sprout. You may need to dampen the towel in days to come. It can sit on a window ledge and the seeds will grow like crazy.
    Your cake cover was perfect.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Balisha we’ll have to try that one too…had another round of little kids here today and did some more eggshells…I hope these seeds all sprout before Easter and get the kids exited for transplanting to larger containers :) Meanwhile my ‘nursery’ is on top of the piano and now it is full so spring, please come soon so I can move the nursery to the porch :)

  13. Lynda H says:

    I love how dirt gets kids gardening! I’ve featured this on our 1st Day of Spring Round Up – http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/14-ways-to-celebrate-spring-equinox-2014.html

  14. Joyce says:

    Aww cute little Brent gardening away! He will be thrilled when he sees his first sprouts!
    You have a lovely circle of gardening friends and it’s so nice to see how you ladies look out for each other and share tips and seeds and growing stories!

  15. Jann Olson says:

    Deb, I was going to start some herbs in some egg shells just for fun. I saw some that they had draped a little Spring banner from. I did some Spring cleaning and can’t find what I did with my seeds. lol! Darn!!! I thought of taking the master gardeners classes a couple years ago but didn’t get around to it. Still something I would like to do. I am hoping over to check out the heirloom seeds. Looks like you and Brent had a fun day. So sorry that he had to eat pudding to get a cup. Hard thing, but somebodies gotta do it. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Buttons says:

    Oh you truly have the best helper, can I borrow him?:) That is a great idea with the eggshells and the cake container. B

  17. Hootin' Anni says:

    Awwwwwwwww, I bet he’ll grow up with a green thumb. A fun day for a boy and dirt. Too bad he wasn’t there to watch the excitement of fill in the hole with all the machinery.

    And yes…Olga told me that sometimes the Pelmeni is filled with mashed potatoes.

  18. Roan says:

    The eggshells are a great idea! I think we will try this next year.

    Enjoyed your post!

  19. What a great idea… I must try the eggshells just for fun! Your grandson is such a cutie pie!

  20. Ha! Love your munchkin gardener. :) I’m a master gardener here with our botanical gardens. We’re a fun bunch…lol. Sorry about the front yard mess. What do they mean ‘when the weather warms’!?! Bunch of wannabe players. Hope the weather warms quickly.

  21. Ida says:

    What a great idea for starting seeds. I love that you and your Grandson did this together. Coleen enjoys stuff like that. I’ll have to show her mom & maybe they can do it or Grandma will help.
    Wow don’t you hate it when workers make a mess and say they fix it later. Our lawn is just starting to come back from the street repair done last fall.

  22. Diane says:

    Wonderful post. Reminded me of planting seeds with my boys (now 26, 24,19). Clicked on the link to the seeds, going there next. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Sarah says:

    What a fun project for him. Glad you got that hole fixed.

  24. Loved that you involved your grandson in the gardening project. :)

  25. I love this, what a fun project. Very creative. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  26. Kathy says:

    This looks like a great project! I appreciate you sharing the references and hope they do come back to fix your garden! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  27. What a good idea to get the kiddo’s loving gardening and planting. I never really have a problem getting my little ones involved it’s the keeping them interested as they grow older that’s the problem. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Kids love to play in the dirt and can have so much fun gardening if they get the encouragement. It is wonderful to see you involving your grandson! My hubby and I are both Master Gardeners and have done several projects with the local pre-school. thank you for sharing at TTF. I have added this to the TTF board on Pinterest.

  29. Sandra says:

    Thanks for sharing your post at the HomeAcre Hop !
    Hope you join us again.

  30. Kathy says:

    I’m going to have to give this a try! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

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