If you’re planning to start your garden from seeds this year, you’ll need small pots or trays to start them in. Rather than waste money on expensive “kits,” why not make your own from items that are probably already in your home?
Making Your Own Biodegradable Newspaper Seed Cups
I love this idea! Take a sheet of newspaper, fold it in half on the long edge. Then fold it again (so the paper is one quarter the original width. Next, lightly dampen the news paper and roll it up on a empty metal food can or a can of coke. Flatten the bottom so that it closes it up and then let it dry. Do a few a day while you’re in your kitchen cooking and set them in your window to dry and in no time, you’ll have plenty of seed starter cups!
Learn more: How To Start A Vegetable Garden
Using Paper Product Roll Inserts to Make Your Own Seed-Starter Cups
Those leftover paper rolls from the inside of toilet paper and paper towels are perfect as seed starters! For a toilet paper roll, just cut the paper cylinder in half. Then cut half-inch slits in the bottom and fold them into each other to close the bottom. Paper towel inserts can be cut into thirds or fourths. For even sturdier starters, save those tubes from the inside of rolls of wrapping paper. Once you’ve made your paper seed starters and gotten your seeds growing, you can either remove the plants from the rolls and plant them, or you can simply plant the paper cup in the ground to break down on its own. That’s recycling at its best!
Learn more: 8 DIY Seed Starting Tips
Repurpose Yogurt Cups into Seed Starter Cups
Not quite recycling, but you can also repurpose single-serve yogurt cups into seed starters. Poke a few holes in the bottom of each cup, fill with your starter media, and plant your seeds! Just toss the cups in recycling once you remove your plants from them. Those mini yogurt cups would also be perfect for this re-purposing project.
Learn more: 5 Tips For Starting Seeds
Using Egg Cartons to Start Seeds
Egg cartons are perfect seed starting trays. Put your planting media in the trays, and plant your seeds. When its time to plant, you can cut the trays up (if using paper egg cartons) and put them straight into the ground! If you’re using foam cartons, just remove the plants for bigger pots. If you buy eggs in plastic cartons, you can even create your own mini green house to get your seeds started.
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Egg Shells to Start Seeds?
The next time you crack eggs, crack them carefully along the top, and rinse the shells out. Fill your shells with your growing media and plant seeds. When your plants are strong enough to go to another container, just transfer the entire cup, egg and all. Just crack your shells before transplanting, so the plant’s roots can get out.
Gardening does not have to cost a fortune. You’ll save some money by starting from seeds, but you can save even more by making your own cups to start your seeds in.
Have you ever made your own seed starter cups? What method do you use to make your own?
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