This fall, instead of buying plants at the store, I'm going to start my garden from seed! Some seeds will do fine if you sow them right into the ground, but quite a few of the seeds that I chose need to be germinated before planting.
We have one little seedling tray that a friend got me for Christmas, but I think I'm going to have more seedlings than tray. Rather than purchase something new to start those babies, I've been looking for a few ways to make recycled seed starter pots. Here are a few of the ideas I've run across:
- I'm loving these seed starter pots made from newpaper!
- Urban Organic Gardener shows you how to make simple starter pots from toilet paper or paper towel rolls.
- You can make starter pots out of eggshells. This one's not vegan, but for you non-vegans, it's a good way to reuse eggshells, rather than tossing them in the trash!
- If you have a yogurt habit, you can use the cups as seed starters.
- You can also reuse paper coffee or water cups to start your seeds. Just give them a good rinse before planting.
I'm pretty excited about this fall garden situation! It's my first time growing plants from seeds, and I'm trying to do everything by the book. If anyone has experience with this kind of thing, I'd love to hear your insights! Tips on starting seeds and transplanting seedlings would be much appreciated.
Have you guys come across any other cool recycled starter pots? I'd love to hear more ideas in the comments!
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