Well… Summer is just around the corner, and – while some folks are getting their bodies in shape for the beach, or updating their wardrobes, or making plans for an extended break from the usual routines of life – for me this means 2 months of holiday time with the kids (mostly at home)… What to do? What to do?
I think there was a flickering light bulb moment in my head. I’m not sure, it was fleeting. And the flickering was mostly pretty dim. But nevertheless, I’m going to roll with it. Every couple of days during the Summer break this Messy Mama will post an activity that I am going to brave with my kids (as most of you know by now, they are ages 6,5,3 and 1). Drop by the blog every now-and-again, see if the activities appeal to you and whether you would like to do the same with your little ones then share your thoughts as we go along through these months of holiday… Now listen, I’m no “Pinterest mommy”, but damn… Almost 8 weeks of holiday, I wish I was!!!
I’ve been wanting to start a herb garden for a while now – and, like I said before, the light bulb flickers – why not get the kids to do it with me? We can grow our own herbs in the eggshells of our chickens. It will be fun, messy and an outdoor activity… 3 of my favorite things! This is by far the most simple, cute and easy way for kids to plants herbs, (well, that’s what I think). And it’s an extra bonus that we have eggs from our own chickens to use… They have kind of become our pets, so getting to use their eggs will be fun for the kids.
In order to manage expectations, let me be honest. I have done a little bit of gardening in the past, but I am no pro, this is purely experimental! But I really love this idea!
Herbs In An Eggshell.
You will need
Eggs – Obviously 🙂
Empty Egg Carton
- Find a delicious recipe for dinner and start cracking those eggs. Remembering to gently tap around the top of the egg, a dessert spoon works best. Imagine yourself making boiled eggs and soldiers for your kids for breakfast.
- Use the Aluminum Foil to cover your egg carton. this will prevent it from softening when you are watering your herbs.
- Pour the raw egg into a container for later use (that yummy recipe); carefully wash the emptied eggshell in warm water. Do not use soap. Let these dry overnight in the egg carton on your kitchen windowsill.
- Now this can get quite messy, especially if our children are involved, so find a space you don’t mind getting dirty – OUTSIDE. Grab your compost and carefully fill each eggshell, making a funnel out of cardboard works great!
- Grab your seeds and gently using tweezers or small a spoon put a few in the center just under the soil. You can dampen the soil just before. Not too much though.
- Now the fun part begins. Put your egg tray on the windowsill and wait.. and wait..
- Once they begin to grow, fill a larger gardening pot with compost-rich soil and gently crush the eggshell into the pot (being careful not to damage the little plant), then plant the herbs in the soil… The eggshells act as a nutrient as well as a pest control.
There you have it. Our first Summer Boredom Buster! Have Fun! #pinterestmumintraining 🙂
One Messy Mama