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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Early Spring Gardening

Yes, it is still snowing on April 17th where I live, but you know what? I am starting my garden anyways. Indoors, that is. 

It is a great idea to start a few plants such as: tomatoes or peppers indoors and let them grow into nice healthy baby plants before transferring them into your outside garden. The way I started my garden this year is with Botanical Interests seeds and eggs shells.

Why did I choose Botanical Interests? Have you heard of this little problem called GMO's? Well, yeah, I hate them. Founders, Judy Seaborn and Curtins Jones, understand that and have taken a stand against them in their seeds saying, “The choice to steer clear of GMOs was more than a business decision, it was a personal one. We are a company of gardeners. We all try to do what is sustainable, natural, and environmentally responsible. GMOs don’t fit with the way we want to live and our customers have told us they agree. So, we are committed to being GMO free.” Plus, their seeds are organic and high quality, which I believe is the best for my family!

Why did I choose egg shells? Well, I got this great idea off Pinterest from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition.

I eat a million eggs every week, so I have no shortage of eggs or egg cartons. I like being able to reuse them in a useful way, and when I plant these little egg planters, they will help the plant and my garden by fertilizing with their minerals and keeping away unwanted creatures. Best of all, they are going to help me with one of my biggest garden woes - tomato rot. The calcium in the egg shell will feed my tomato plants, so they don't get blossom end rot.Yay!

    Speaking of tomato plants, this year we are trying a new variety from Botanical Interests - Black Krim. It is a beautiful, dark purple-black variety that is supposed to have an old-fashioned flavor with a hint of smokiness. The best part? They are reliable and very productive. Good thing, because I am still far from a master gardener...

    If you have other great tips on gardening, please share, share, share!

    *Cara received seeds to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% her own.*


    1. I tried the egg shell method several years ago and it didn't work out that well for me. I had issues with them drying out too quickly. In case your instructions didn't mention it, make sure you crack the shells prior to transplant into the garden as the egg shells can take months to degrade. Have you tried adding bone meal to your garden before planting? I had terrible problems with blossom end rot three years ago but added (organic) bone meal to the garden and it dramatically decreased the problem. Since then I've added it before planting and haven't seen a re-occurrence of the issue.

      1. Thanks a ton, Jill! I didn't break them, so I am going to have to figure out how to crack them before I plant them in the ground. I will also look into the bone meal. Genius!


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