I started some chive seeds in egg shells as an Easter party favor of sorts. I of course did not come up with the idea of starting seeds in egg shells; in fact, I ran across a very similar project on Say Yes To Hoboken just the other day. That said, I thought I'd quickly share what I did, because you still have plenty of time to follow suit and wow your Easter guests, or maybe just get a head start on your own summer herb garden!
1. Crack your eggs on a bowl as close to the top as you can manage.
2. Make an omelet.
3. Rinse the egg shells with boiling hot water.
4. Pierce the bottoms the a push pin. (I found it was easier to do this from the inside)
5. Fill each shell with soil. (I used a small spoon)
6. Sprinkle with chive seeds.
7. Add a very thin dusting of soil.
9. Give them light. If you have a very sunny window that should work. We had constant rain, so I stuck mine on the dining room table under a standard CFL light bulb (which happens to be in my dining table fixture).
That's all I did!
After about 5 days, we had action, and now that the sun has finally come out they are outside soaking up the rays. The best thing about chive seedlings is that if you live in a mild climate you don't have to worry about a little cool weather. Plus, the egg "pots" can be planted right in the ground with the seedlings.
Here's to the joy of watching seeds sprout before your eyes. Happy Spring!!!
P.S. - My omelet was good ... but with a sprinkling of chives ... it would have been great!