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Egg-cellent, Indoor Gardening!

ECO Gardening

Ready to start your spring planting? Try this eco-friendly project starting seeds indoors in egg shells and then burying the eggs with their seedlings outside in your garden.

Egg shells have lots of minerals that help plants grow, like calcium, nitrogen and phosphoric acid. Adding an egg to your soil will make your plants very happy. Plus, you won't be needing any plastic gardening containers.


  • Eggs
  • Egg carton
  • Seeds
  • Planting soil
  • Small spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Awl, or wide sharp needle

ECO Gardening


  1. Break an eggshell near the top and pour out the egg. When cracking the eggshells, slice the top part of the egg (narrower end) with a sharp knife and gently pour the egg from the opening for use.
  2. Make and bake a frittata in your favorite ECOlunchbox.
  3. Use a sharp needle to gently puncture a single hole in the base of each eggshell. This will create a drainage hole for your egg planter.
  4. With a small spoon, put dirt and seedlings in the big egg shell (you don’t need to rinse it out).
  5. Add water and put the egg back in the egg carton.
  6. When the seedlings sprout, bury the egg shell in soil so the tops of the seedlings poke out.
  7. The egg shell will decompose, feeding your seedling’s soil!

Thanks Republic Services for inspiring us with this great idea!

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