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Starting Seedlings in Egg Crates & Eggshells & Transferring them to the Garden

Seedlings are very susceptible to the elements. A cold spell, a heat wave, heavy rains, or hungry critters can leave your garden of seedlings a barren plot of dirt in little time. To allow seeds to mature and to even start your growing season early, nursing seeds indoors provides a safe and more manageable environment. Most seeds that are given the basics – nutrient rich soil, some water, and sunlight from a nearby window will sprout without much issue indoors. However, the point that we often see as most difficult is the process of carefully transplanting them into the garden.

To help you out, Theresa shows you two of her preferred methods – paper egg crates and egg shells – for starting seedlings indoors which allow for an easier transfer to the garden.

Starting Seedlings in Egg Crates and Transcript


Hi this is Theresa from Garden In Minutes. Welcome to Episode 7 of Easy Growing. Today we’re going to discuss seed starting and some very simple ways to do that, utilizing things you may have around your home already.

Paper Egg Crates & Egg Shells – Soil, Hole, Seed, & Cover

So what I do is I use (paper) egg crates. What I do for the egg crate is fill the egg crate with a good seed starter soil mix.  Take a pencil, make a hole for the seed, drop your seed in, and cover it up (with soil), then of course moisten it.

The next thing I use also are our eggshells. I fill the egg shell with soil, a good seat starter soil, do the same thing…make a hole, drop in your seed, cover it with soil, and moisten.

Tear or Crush then Plant

Right here I have already a tray of seeds started in my egg crate and the beauty of this is it’s recyclable (compost-able). You can tear a piece off and put it right in the garden. So that’s what we’re going to show you next, how we’re going to plant what we’ve started in our other medium, into the garden.

Okay so here we are. We have our little seedling here. It’s in the egg shell. We’re going to make small hole (in the garden soil). We’re going to crack the egg shell a little bit, just so the roots can come out. Place it in, and there we are!

Next we have the seedling that was in our egg crate. And again, dig a little hole. The egg crate is pretty fragile at this point. So that’s easy to tear apart. So you’re going to break it apart a bit. Place your seedling in your spot. And there we are, right in your garden!

Water Gently and Often

Okay. Now that we’ve planted our seedlings, we’re going to gently water the surrounding area. This way they can get the moisture that they need and it’s easier for them to recover (from the transplant) and absorb the nutrients from the soil. You don’t want fresh seedlings to dry out, so just check the soil every now and again and water them and make sure that they stay moist until they’ve established.

So just to recap there’s a number of ways you can start your seeds and you can choose the one that works best for you. I happen to like the egg crate because you can tear it off and put it in the ground and it will degrade. Same with the egg shells. I like using the egg shells because you can crush it and then leave it there to degrade in your soil. You can get a little calcium from it, but because it’s not ground up into a powder you’re not going to get a big hit from that. But otherwise it’s a good choice. It’s a natural choice.

So, thank you for watching! This has been episode seven of Easy Growing. I’ll see you next time!

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