JoDo Chasing Rainbows

Egg Carton Garden

Donna has been keeping busy during quaratine. She is going back to her middle school science teacher roots. This is how she set up her egg carton garden.

I decided to start some seeds while we are here in Las Vegas. I wanted to use stuff we already had in and around the RV.  So here are the supplies am using:

  • 1 Egg Carton                   
  • 1 Egg Shell                        
  • 1 Banana Peel                  
  • Bagged Soil    
  • Seeds
  • Water (in a spray bottle)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

1. I cut the top and the front tab off the egg carton.

2. I sorted my seeds and placed my Black beans in water to soak overnight (read seed packet for planting instructions.

3. I took my tape and named each egg cup for the seed that I was planting. I also put a small hole in the bottom to allow any excess water to drain.

4. The next day I put my soil in the cups of the egg carton with a bit of crushed eggshell and tiny piece of banana. All my seeds needed to be planted 2 inches down. The egg cups are 1.5 inches deep (I measured the cups with a ruler).

5. I then wrote down some information about my seeds; how many per hole, how much sunlight, how many days before I see a plant and how many days until I can harvest.

6. After I get my information, I plant my seeds and watered my soil completely and place in the Sun. I want them to get at least 4-6 hours of sun. Here in Nevada I make sure that my soil doesn’t get to hot. I will put my carton in the shade when temperatures are 80 or above. I put the egg cups on the lid to catch water and keep the bottom moist.

7. I will use my spray bottle to water from now on, this keeps the soil in the cups.

I will let you know how the plants are doing in my next post. I should start to see some in about 10 to 14 days. This project is good for kids and adults. Measuring water use, plant growth, plant height and hours of sunlight are all things that make this a great project to submit to teachers. It satisfies many STE(A)M requirements.

UPDATE: Due to the extreme heat this project did not thrive. I started another project. I will have an update on this one soon.


It’s been a while…

I did not set out to be away from our travel blog so long. I started off fairly positive about the shutdown. I was cooking up a storm, exercising and creating new projects. I hit a wall about three weeks in. I was still exercising but I lost any interest in anything else. I developed anxiety that made it very difficult to concentrate. I still have anxiety but it is no where near where it was during the height of this pandemic.

We have been safe. We continue to shelter in place at Desert Eagle RV Park which is on Nellis Air Force Base. This is probably the best place to get stuck. We got here on March 3. We were initially scheduled to stay through April 1. Luckily, they allowed everyone who was here to continue to stay as long as we paid. We will leave on June 1. It’s starting to get very hot so we will be glad to go.

We are heading back to Yellowstone for the summer. Our start date has been pushed back to June 11. Once we leave Las Vegas we plan to park in a place with elevation for a few days before we enter Yellowstone so that we can used to living at high elevation again. We have been at about 2,100 feet all winter. The campground where we work is a little over 7,700 feet.

I am committed to putting out blog posts once per week until we leave Yellowstone in September 2020. I have a few posts of places we visited right before the lock down. I am glad to be back. Hope you are all safe.

One fun fact during quarantine. I walked through a pair of sneakers. I bought these sneakers the second week of February. I took this picture on May 21. I need to buy another pair before we leave since these are done.