Eggshells as seed starters

I decided to do an update once I got all my seeds ready to go for the grow table I built.  I saved all my eggshells for a couple weeks and even stole some from other people.  When you’re using eggshells for seed starters try to crack them at the end of one end to lop off the top.  Gives you more room for you and the seeds to work with.

Why eggshells?

I like Easter!  Ok that’s not really the reason.  Eggshells are made from CaCO3.  or Calcium Carbonate.  (Geology nerd infobit:  Limestone is too!) So when you add eggshells to your garden they add calcium as well.  If you think about it this way, eggs are little containers for the nourishment of the embryo.  Should be good for other stuff shouldn’t it?  They are also super convenient to use since they’re a container in themselves and you can put them directly in the ground after.

Other ingredients I use:

Epson Salts – I’m not really sure why.   I have read many conflicting reports on these.  Some say they help growth and some say they do nothing.  I add them just in case.  Plus I bought a gigantic container of them a while back and need to use them up.  A little extra Magnesium isn’t a bad thing anyway.

Coffee grounds – We drink a ton of coffee in this house.  Dark roast, medium roast, with honey, with sugar and milk.  Every combination imaginable.  We get a lot of coffee grounds because of it.  This adds Nitrogen to the soil (N for you chemistry nerds)  Some people add the whole filter and everything to their garden.  I just do the grounds and throw the filter in my compost bin.

Soil – I buy the cheap basic stuff as I’m adding in my own stuff to it.  Also because I am a student and really lack money.  (Hey there’s ad’s on the side!  You should click them and feed a starving student)

All the ingredients to start. I used the coffee tin as a shaker to mix my soil mixture.

All the ingredients to start. I used the coffee tin as a shaker to mix my soil mixture.

Starting the soil mixing process. Step one: add soil. I didn't have the time to go out and break down sediment and apply organic matter etc so I bought the soil from a store.

Starting the soil mixing process. Step one: add soil. I didn’t have the time to go out and break down sediment and apply organic matter etc so I bought the soil from a store.

Close up shot of the ground eggshells I'm using. Credit goes to my son Cole for grinding for me. He had never used a mortar and pestle so this was a big deal. I finished the grinding to make it as fine as I could.

Close up shot of the ground eggshells I’m using. Credit goes to my son Cole for grinding for me. He had never used a mortar and pestle so this was a big deal. I finished the grinding to make it as fine as I could.

The addition of the ground up eggshell.

The addition of the ground up eggshell.


Addition of coffee grounds. These were from that afternoons coffee. Kirkland Dark Roast if anyone is interested.

Addition of coffee grounds. These were from that afternoons coffee. Kirkland Dark Roast if anyone is interested or is looking for birthday ideas.

I unfortunately didn't get a picture of me shaking it but I assure you I did. Then I carefully added the mix to each of my egg containers.

I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of me shaking it but I assure you I did. Then I carefully added the mix to each of my egg containers. To make it more pretty feel free to dye the egg shells first.

Another bonus of eggshells is that you can label them. This one will be a cucumber when it grows up I figured you probably couldn't read my writing.

Another bonus of eggshells is that you can label them. This one will be a cucumber when it grows up I figured you probably couldn’t read my writing.

All done! I didn't have enough shells for all the seeds I wanted to start. Hence the generic seed thing. However I also used eggshells for labels for that one too!

All done! I didn’t have enough shells for all the seeds I wanted to start. Hence the generic seed thing. However I also used eggshells for labels for that one too!

The seed starters in action! Look at them go under that light!

The seed starters in action! Look at them go under that light!

 

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Pallet Toilet Paper Dispenser

 

I didn’t have a toilet paper holder in my main downstairs bathroom.  Thus the outhouse TP dispenser was commissioned.  Not sure if I can commission myself to make something but hey I did!  I built it to hold one of the larger toilet paper rolls and two spares in the bottom.  It was an exciting time.  The child was excited to have toilet paper in a holder instead of just on the counter.

Hey look pallet wood! This is the two sides and the back all cuts to the appropriate sizes

Hey look pallet wood! This is the two sides and the back all cuts to the appropriate sizes

I cut the back two pieces at an angle.

I cut the back two pieces at an angle.

Cutting the boards for the bar that holds the toilet paper. I drilled a hole and cut the rest out with a jigsaw.

Cutting the boards for the bar that holds the toilet paper. I drilled a hole and cut the rest out with a jigsaw.

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Finished toilet paper bar holder holders?

Finished toilet paper bar holder holders?

FInished the backs and sides. Completed. Put together and all that jazz.

Finished the backs and sides. Completed. Put together and all that jazz.

Adding the bottom. It was starting to come together now!

Adding the bottom. It was starting to come together now!

Sizing the door to make sure the size is good. I cut out a crescent with a jig saw too to make it an authentic outhouse door! Although I've never really seen an outhouse with one. Also wouldn't that enable people to look in? Seems kind of impractical thinking about it now.

Sizing the door to make sure the size is good. I cut out a crescent with a jig saw too to make it an authentic outhouse door! Although I’ve never really seen an outhouse with one. Also wouldn’t that enable people to look in? Seems kind of impractical thinking about it now.

Added the shelf under the roll. I measured out the height of two rolls of toilet paper and placed it there.

Added the shelf under the roll. I measured out the height of two rolls of toilet paper and placed it there.

Guess who's ready for staining?!? Note the door and top are on the left side there...

Guess who’s ready for staining?!? Note the door and top are on the left side there…

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Staining is occurring obviously.

 

Finished product. I didn't stain the holder bar for the toilet paper. It's hidden anyways.

Finished product. I didn’t stain the holder bar for the toilet paper. It’s hidden anyways.

The little outhouse in action!

The little outhouse in action!

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Finished product.

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