As I mentioned on my previous post (clique here to read) when we created a upcycling aquarium, our family is always trying to make this world a better place to live. We try to eat healthy food, drink a lot of water, exercise, and most importantly care about others and the environment.
Last April 22, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and we watched the new animated short film “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” on Apple TV+ and we decided to plant some seeds using eggshells.
Why do eggshells make the perfect seed starters? It’s fun, environmentally-friendly and the benefits are endless. The eggshells decompose naturally once transplanted to a garden or a pot. They consist mostly of calcium carbonate, a essential mineral for thriving plants and vegetables. When decomposing, the eggshells enrich the soil with calcium and nitrogen that the plant’s roots will absorb and use to grow.
Here are our step-by-step!
What do you need?
Some eggshells, cleaned and halved, egg carton (we didn’t have it so we used a plastic container), pre-moistened see starting mix, and seeds for small flowers, herbs or vegetables, and water.
We decorated our eggshells using some color sharpie.
Using a teaspoon, fill each empty eggshell with the seed starting mix up to the top, leaving a little space between the soil and the edge of the shell. After adding the soil, use your finger to create a small hole in the dirt to make room for the seeds.
Drop two seeds into each hole and gently cover them with a sprinkling of dirt. We picked seeds for “Daisy Alaska” aka Chrysanthemums.
And, VOILÀ!!! Here is our eggshells!!! HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!
More about “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth”
In celebration of Earth Day, “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” is now streaming on Apple TV+. Lending their voices to the animated Earth Day short film are Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning Meryl Streep, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated Chris O’Dowd (“Girls,” “State of the Union”), SAG Award nominee and Critics’ Choice Award-winning Jacob Tremblay (“Room,” “Wonder”) and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (“Loving,” “Ad Astra”).
This captivating animated film, based on the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and 2017’s No. 1 TIME Best Book of the Year, follows a precocious 7-year-old (voiced by Tremblay) who, over the course of Earth Day, learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents (voiced by O’Dowd and Negga) — and from a mysterious exhibit at the aptly titled Museum of Everything. The insightful and poignant short film is narrated by Streep.
From the multi-BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated independent animation studio, Studio AKA, the 36-minute film is written by BAFTA Award-winning Philip Hunt (“Ah Pook is Here,” “Lost and Found”) and Academy Award-winning Luke Matheny (“God of Love,” “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” “Ghostwriter”); directed by Hunt, and executive produced by Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning Sue Goffe (“A Morning Stroll,” “Varmints,” “Lost and Found,” “Hey Duggee”), Hunt and renowned author Oliver Jeffers (“Here We Are,” “Lost and Found,” “The Day the Crayons Quit”). Alex Somers (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Captain Fantastic”) is the music composer.
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