Hatch Your Own Herbs


Egg shells would make brilliant plant-pots.

Since real eggshells are nowhere big enough, designers at  Branch have created the Egg Plant. Banish thoughts of aubergines and moussaka, because the item in question is a large ceramic ovoid containing soil and plant seeds.

How do you get it to start growing? By treating it like a boiled egg. Tap the top with a spoon and pick away the pieces – then water liberally, place on your sunniest windowsill, and pretty soon your egg will hatch with greenery.

Branch offers a range of 4 plant types, including cactus and lavender, but it’s the mint and basil I’d have in my kitchen, offering sprigs of fresh herbs when needed, and a cheery, natural feel the rest of the time.

You can expect to shell out around $12 an egg (follow the links above).

Image: Branch

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.