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Here’s my Easter #floralfridaycompetition entry. Cherry blossom doodles on hard boiled eggs at our cherry blossom picnic.  @emilyquinton

Here’s my Easter #floralfridaycompetition entry. Cherry blossom doodles on hard boiled eggs at our cherry blossom picnic. @emilyquinton

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The miniature succulent eggshell garden - a simple but striking Easter gift to make

I always had myself down as one of the people who used a veg box scheme.

But sadly, after trialling the Abel & Cole scheme for a month earlier this year, and ending up with a fridge full of wrinkly vegetables after said month, I discovered that I am just not cut out for it. It’s a tough pill to swallow but I’m doing my best to deal with it.

However I was extremely successful at munching my way through all the very tasty eggs that we ordered alongside the box each week. So now I’m happy to be able to show you how I recycled the eggshells into a gorgeous little Easter present. 

If you’ve left it too late to do any time intensive crafting and don’t want to buy a plain old chocolate egg for someone special this Easter, follow our instructions to make an eggshell garden.

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If you need some inspiration for egg consumption, I can strongly recommend you try making huevos rancheros, tortilla de patata or these quite phenomenal crème egg brownies.

Once you have enough eggs, you can get started on your miniature garden which you can decorate very quickly and stylishly with semi circles to make a quite striking Easter gift.

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You will need:

Clean eggshells

Compost

A fork

Tiny succulents

An egg cup

Adhesive dots

Scissors

Egg carton

The preparation starts early.When eating the eggs, be very careful as you crack the shell and just try to remove the very tip. Then rinse the shell under warm water with a teeny bit of washing up liquid (ecover, obvs) and leave to dry.

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Carefully use the scissors to cut through the centre of a line of dots to make your semi circles.

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Place your first eggshell in the egg cup and stick the semi circles onto the outside of the shell in the design of your choice. Be super carefully not to press too hard throughout the process in case you crack the eggshell (It’s always useful to have a few spares just in case)

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Once you have decorated 6 eggshells, fill each one with a small amount of compost ( I found it easiest to use a fork to do this) and push the compost down gently using your finger.

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Carefully remove one of your tiny succulents from it’s pot and place onto the compost. Then top up with a little bit more soil, gently pressing down to secure the succulent firmly into place.

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Instead of using succulents you can use seedlings too if you have sown some. They would look adorable, and you can plant the eggshells straight out into the garden or allotment.

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Place the finished eggshell planters into your egg carton then dribble a tiny amount of water into each eggshell.

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Close the lid and decorate with ribbon ready to give as a present. The plant will grow and thrive for years to come and can be potted on once it is large enough to go into a bigger pot. So much nicer than a chocolate egg, don’t you think?

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Who’d like to guess what’s inside the @abelandcole egg box? #easter #surprise #joy

Who’d like to guess what’s inside the @abelandcole egg box? #easter #surprise #joy

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Pretty eggs, hard boiled, at our cherry blossom picnic in St Anns Well Gardens, Brighton today #cherryblossom #hanami #joy

Pretty eggs, hard boiled, at our cherry blossom picnic in St Anns Well Gardens, Brighton today #cherryblossom #hanami #joy

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Today’s picnic under the cherry blossom trees turned into a whole day in the park. Wonderful.

Today’s picnic under the cherry blossom trees turned into a whole day in the park. Wonderful.

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Propagating succulents in spotty plant pots #succulove

Propagating succulents in spotty plant pots #succulove

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We’re now stocking baker’s twine at www.whatyousow.co.uk perfect for tying up plants, bouquets and herbs.

We’re now stocking baker’s twine at www.whatyousow.co.uk perfect for tying up plants, bouquets and herbs.

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This was our very first garden retail space @@emmausbrighton , come along today to see how far we’ve come!

This was our very first garden retail space @@emmausbrighton , come along today to see how far we’ve come!

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Twool at the Edible Garden Show

This weekend the Edible Garden Show is taking place in London and our lovely supplier Twool will be showing off their gorgeous range of woolly twine. 
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Here’s a little message from them to What You Sow readers…

"If you love all things grow your own you’ll love the Edible Garden Show, this weekend at Ally Pally. The best thing about the Edible Garden Show? We’ll be there! Hurrah! We’ll be there with a lovely range of all things twoolly. So now you can tie in your sweet peas with style, tie up your runner beans with panache and even make your own twool British Bunting for this summer’s garden party!
Not only is twool good for your moral standing (a totally British and home grown product, from the rarebreed Whiteface Dartmoor sheep) but it’s also fabulous for the garden. When you’re finished bung it on the compost heap and it will release nitrates back into your soil as it decomposes. Can’t say better than that!
So, whether you’re a the twool sort who uses some posh purple for your cut posies or you’re a manly twool rope user to finish your decking with nautical precision we’ve got a twool for you…
Have a look at the full twool range - ewe’ll love it ;) 
And if you’re at The Edible Garden Show this year? Come and say hi…”
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You’ll be able to buy local honey sourced from the onsite beehives @@emmausbrighton #brighton

You’ll be able to buy local honey sourced from the onsite beehives @@emmausbrighton #brighton

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Brighton people, come to the launch of the new garden shop @@emmausbrighton from 10am today #brighton

Brighton people, come to the launch of the new garden shop @@emmausbrighton from 10am today #brighton

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'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow'. 
Well, it’s happening tomorrow! 
The grand opening of the greenhouse @@emmausbrighton

'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow'.
Well, it’s happening tomorrow!
The grand opening of the greenhouse @@emmausbrighton

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Another snap of the #yarnbombing at #brighton town hall. Hearts + flowers + pompoms to celebrate the first same sex marriages tomorrow. Yippee! #yarnbomb

Another snap of the #yarnbombing at #brighton town hall. Hearts + flowers + pompoms to celebrate the first same sex marriages tomorrow. Yippee! #yarnbomb

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Awesome! Brighton town hall has been yarnbombed with garlands and cards wishing all the best to the first same sex couples getting married tomorrow!

Awesome! Brighton town hall has been yarnbombed with garlands and cards wishing all the best to the first same sex couples getting married tomorrow!

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New to What You Sow…make newspaper seed pots in three (yes, three!) sizes!

New to What You Sow…make newspaper seed pots in three (yes, three!) sizes!

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