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Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 5 years ago

BIG GIRL NOW: Exercising my black thumb, a DIY egg mini garden

by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

Nothing like a little dirt up your nose to make you feel like a gardener. 

Gardening skills seems to be embedded in the DNA of everyone in my family. Except me.

My mom's front lawn is always maintained, my 96-year-old papaw (a hick nickname for grandpa) still keeps up with his garden and my little brother recently moved to Colorado to improve his unique cultivating skills.

I, on the other hand, can't keep a plant alive for a week.

Whether the blame can be placed on my lack of responsibly or the fact that I strictly buy plants from the clearance section at Lowe's, is neither here nor there. But in my quest to become the best version of myself I wanted to improve my gardening skills. Not only because it could come in handy in the event of an apocalypse but it will also give me tons of cute Instagrams.

So my first attempt not only fell in time for Easter but was perfect for getting myself into the spring spirit: a DIY Egg Mini Garden. 

Here's what you need:

  • 1 carton of eggs. The cardboard carton not the weird foamy one. I think it's bad for the environment or something but it's also not as cute/farmy as the cardboard one.
  • Mini plants. You can buy as many as you want but I only used four because I'm lazy.
  • Scissors. For cutting the carton to size.

I spent about $20 at Walmart on this project and had plants leftover. I went in thinking I'd have this super chic little cactus garden but because of Walmart's lack of cacti and the fact that I pricked my finger over a dozen times made me decide on just one cactus and three succulents (I'm 90 percent sure that's what they're called).

First warning: do not do this inside. Because we live in Florida, what was supposed to be a perfect DIYing sunny day turned into a small hurricane so I did this craft in my kitchen. The result was dirt everywhere, including up my nose. Also my dog ate some dirt which he later threw up.

Now my mom told me to buy the carton at the beginning of the week, make eggs every morning and just keep the shells. If you hate eggs or your just impatient like me, just break them and then throw away the yolk. Unless you can keep the yolk in the fridge? It's too late for me now but you might want to google that.

I kept from completely shattering the egg shell but breaking off just the very end and then patting the yolk out. You should also rinse the shell. I'm not sure why but you should. I did.

The succulents/green things were really easy to plant but the cactus proved to be more difficult and painful. Wearing gloves to avoid cuts and pricks from your plants is recommended.

After I planted all four of my little babies, I cut the cardboard to match. Now I'm not sure about the watering rules of this but I've been giving them a little everyday and so far nothing has died. Maybe it's an Easter miracle!

My mom just called to tell me watering plants everyday during a rainy season will surely kill them. Back to the drawing board.

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