THE FARM: Eggshell Transplant Day!!

We’ve been nervously anticipating this day, the day we take our precious little seedlings, the ones we’ve nurtured and loved and watched grow, and plant them. What if critters eat them alive? What if they’re not ready for the great outdoors? What if we KILL them???

But… they’re getting mighty crowded in their little eggshells. It’s time to let them break out and grow to maturity.

To backtrack a bit:

Our pals Terry and Ginger of Meanwhile in the Sticks fame, posted something about growing seedlings in eggshells, and the idea appealed to me because I’m kind of attached to the Gaytan Family Farm chickens who give us our weekly eggs…

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What better way to honor their fine work than to put their shells to further use?

Our first crop? Poblanos, jalepenos, Joe Parkers, and basil.

 

egg4We planted eighteen eggs over the course of two weeks. The first signs of life happened on day nine.

 

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egg6And they took off from there!

 

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March 18

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March 31

April 6

The seedlings’ new home will be on the patio off our kitchen, in some tubs I used to grow tomatoes several years ago.

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Bondorella and I hit the nursery to pick up the other supplies we’d need. I think she enjoyed going back to her roots as a farm truck. 

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Step one… fertilize the soil. The guy at the nursery recommended Dr. Earth organic fertilizer to mix into the potting soil, and since this all new to me, I happily accepted his suggestion. When I got home, I noticed on the back that Dr. Earth promotes buying American and supporting independent businesses, which follows right along with our philosophy for the Motor Palace. Yay!

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Next step, cracking the bottom of the eggshell so the roots can, well, take root in their new home!

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I read a suggestion to keep a bit of eggshell out the top to keep crawly critters away.

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Our hope is to keep pests away naturally, so planted some marigolds in with the peppers…

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…and put some mint, rosemary, and lavender in close proximity.

L1032011And there you have it. Our first Townhome-steader seedling farm, transplanted into their new homes. Now all we can do is hope we treat them right, keep them alive and healthy, and make lots of good stuff with all of those peppers!

If you have any suggestions, or if I did something horribly wrong, please let me know! It’s all in the learnin’…

Until next time…

Later gators!

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