Do you like gardening and love to eat eggs? Well, heres a instructable you might like, make an egg plant!
(No, I am not talking about that vegetable.)
When you do gardening, why buy a lot of plastic pots to germinate and grow young plants and throw them out when unwanted? That is not very green, plastic pots take ever so long time to decompose. Instead, you can use egg shells, they will decompose, you can easily get them right from your kitchen (If you have any eggs), and the egg shells are full of nutrition, it will make young plants grow healthy and strong.
So, why not use egg shells?
Step 1: Things You Will Need...
- Soil or even better, compost (I used compost that is just sitting in my garden.)
- Waterproof markers
- Or any thing you think it will suit your egg plants!
Step 2: Eat the Eggs!
This is a tasty step, eat the eggs!
You will need the egg shells for the egg plants, and be careful not to break the egg shells too much!
Step 3: Clean the Egg Shells...
Okay, after you had eaten the eggs for breakfast and have the egg shells remaining, clean the egg shells gently with water. Then let the egg shells air dry, if you hand dry it, you might break it...
If you don't clean the eggs, it might go moldy and kill the young plant.
Step 4: Make Drain Holes
Make drain holes on the end of the egg shell to prevent the egg plant from being waterlogged.
Making drain holes can be very trick to do without breaking the egg shells, I used a drill to make the holes. You will have to be very gentle when drilling the egg shells...
You don't have to bother drilling the holes in the egg shells if you cannot do it successfully, you can just leave it undrilled, but make sure you don't waterlog the egg plants...
Step 5: Decorate the Egg Shells!
This step is optional.
Decorate the egg shells!
Be artistic! You can glue beads on the egg shell, paint it, dye it with some stains, maybe color it with some markers, or perhaps carve it? Do what ever you think it is good!
Or you can just leave the egg shell as it is...
I decorated two egg shells, one with red beads, purple beads, and the other one is painted with flowers on it.
Step 6: Another Idea
Instead of reusing the egg shells which may very likely break the next time you use it, you can just simply plant the whole thing into the ground when the plant gets large enough. The egg shells will give all of its nutrients to the plants and protect the young plants with the spiky ridges on the egg shell to keep the snails and slugs out. Snails and slugs don't like crawling over spiky things, they hate it!
Step 7: Stuff the Egg Shell With...
Stuff the egg shell with fine soil or compost! I used compost.
Step 8: Plant in the Seeds.
Okay, you are almost done, plant in the seed or maybe seeds in the egg pot.
Put small seeds in the egg pot like tomato seeds, large seeds like beans may be unsuitable, because they tend to make large roots which may damage both the plant and the egg shell.
Step 9: Let It Grow!
And let your plant in the egg pot grow!
When the plant grows large enough to transplant, transplant your plant form the egg pot and plant it in your garden.
Also, to stop the egg plants from wobbling around, use the egg's packaging to support it. (I used a small black rubber thing to support the egg plants while taking pictures.)
If you need help, question, found an error, or anything, make a comment! I like comments!
Oh, sorry for some blurry pictures, my camera is having a bad blurry day... I am going to try get nice photos soon!
Participated in the
Craft Skills Contest
Participated in the
The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest