eggshell seed starters and vertical garden pt. 2

broccoli sprout in an eggshell starter
the first part of my vertical garden is up and growing! i had a little trouble at first (we needed to add more eyelets and zip ties to space out the weight) but i'm excited that everything is finally planted! we have the top few rows of lettuce planted - some of them are already big enough to poke out from the top!
(via patrickblake)
i'm using these 6"x6"x4" pockets for lettuce and spinach
and i planted zucchini, squash, and cucumbers in the 6"x8"x4" pockets
it was taking longer than i'd planned to get the canvas up so i had even started giving away some of the bigger seedlings that looked like they didn't want to wait any longer to get planted. so i started another tray of seeds - i've planted about half of them already and now i'm just waiting for the other half to sprout!

i like to start seeds in rinsed out eggshell halves in old egg cartons. it's a good way to reuse the cartons, they're the perfect size, everything stays neat, and once the seeds are big enough to transplant all you need to do is pick up the eggshell and crack it apart enough the the roots can eventually break through. it's much easier than trying to spoon out seedlings and worry about cutting the roots.

for the left side of the vertical garden pockets i started three types of lettuce (bibb, vivian, and a musclun mix) and spinach. i planted zucchini, squash, and cucumbers in the large pockets, and i'm putting scallions and broccoli in the pockets on the right side.


  1. Everything you use is really inventive! What is a good way to keep your plants from getting too big? Currently I live in a house with a yard, so every time I plant something it sprawls all over the place, especially my squashes. I plan on moving to an apartment soon, and I want to garden there, too. How do you keep them so contained? Teach me your ways! :<

  2. first you need to research the kind of plants you are trying to grow - most plants will grow only as much as their container allows them. squash plants, by nature, are runners and shoot out vines. you could keep them trimmed and neat, but they probably wouldn't produce very much. keep in mind that this post was when I first planted - everything got much, much bigger in the following months.

    if you're looking for apartment plants i'd recommend herbs or dwarf fruit trees. succulents and cacti are both slow growing and would stay contained for months or years. bonsai and terrariums would be a good hobby to pick up.

    I generally set aside a few hours every week for my indoor plants - trimming anything that looks too big or unhealthy. this keeps them neat and tidy.

  3. That is really wise! Starting the seeds in eggshells would really help you ease your transfer to the bed. Your canvass pockets are also good since the cloth will keep enough moisture, which your plants will need. Great!

    Bethel Woodard