Good morning to everyone. It has been quite sometime since I have had the opportunity to write down some thoughts and missed so many wonderful days and opportunities and topics. I think that the time I missed the most was during the holiday season. Well, we all learn that you cannot cry over spilt milk and that we all must deal with whatever falls in our way. So I will now step down off my soap box and move on.
I know that living in the Midwest this year has been a totally brutal experience, but as I have watched the maps and listened and watched the news...it has been a really crazy winter all across our country. I am very tired of the cold and the snow. I really want to thing spring at the moment and how I can prepare for it.
One of the things that I have decided to do was to begin some seeds for planting. I was recently reading an article on eggs...I know...where is she going with this? Well, I know that I have copied my grandmothers habits through the years and crumbled up egg shells and thrown them into my dirt. I never gave it a great deal of thought...if Grandma did it...there must be something to it. Turns out, I was right...Grandma did know everything. The eggs in the dirt gives your tomato plants a calcium boost....and if you sprinkle it around your plants...slugs and snails don't want to cross over the sharpened edges.
I remember Grandma used to take out her giant Coffee pot every morning and make this huge pot of coffee on the stove. I remember she always puts egg shells in the grounds...but I never knew why...it was just a natural thing in our house. I now find out that the egg shells in the coffee grounds reduces bitterness.
Now, I never thought much more about the eggshells except to toss them in the compost or dirt...but I now discovered that you can use your egg shells to start your seeds in. A little dirt in the shell with you seed and cover it lightly...set it right into your egg carton and viola...you have your decomposable seed starter that didn't cost you anything...plus, once it is in the ground later...it only adds more nutrients to the earth.
Now if that wasn't enough, you can use them as a first aid treatment. Fresh egg membranes applied, then allowed to dry, will draw minor infections: splinters, pimples, boils, etc.
My Grandmother kept eggshells covered with water in a mason jar which she used to water her African violets. She kept them on the window sill in the pantry off of the kitchen. They were always something wonderful to look at. Those of you have followed my blog know I collect teapots and I have on display right now all the teapots with violets on a special shelf this month with a matching liner made for me by a dear friend. I cannot help to remember Grandmas shelf of violets each time I gaze over at it. My favorite candy is also the violet candies...which are so difficult to find these days. The other day I made a trip into the gift shop at the hospital while my friend was in surgery just to see whether they carried them. I have found that for some reason, some hospitals do carry them...but alas, I left disappointed. I will have to keep my eyes open. I love to pick them up not only for me, but also for my granddaughters who are now also addicted to them. A great little treat to send them in the mail.
Well, now that I have shared some egg-citing new ways to use egg shells and get prepared for spring...it is onto the task at hand. I have ordered seeds that have no GMO and am ready to begin. I just hope Mother nature and Father Frost think so as well.