Saturday, January 10, 2009

Recycled Seed Starting Containers

Starting seeds needn't cost you a whole lot of money. In fact you may not even need to go to the store to get items in which to start growing seeds in.
Take a look around your home.

Here are some ideas for recycling items that you may already have in your home that can be used as seed starting containers:

1. Egg cartons/ these can be actually cut in half..cut the lid off of the bottom part and you then have a flat tray area to plant seeds into, as well as 12 compartments to plant seeds into.

2. Don't toss those yogurt containers! They can be recycled as well.

3. Pint ice cream containers work well also.Enjoy your Haagen Daaz just a little bit more now..knowing that you can use the container to also start a new tiny plant in.

4. Baby food jars

5.Don't toss out that slightly chipped coffee mug or tea cup..if it can still hold can still hold soil , and will make a good seed starting container.

6. Milk jugs. Cut off the top portion , and you now have a great container in which to start a tomato plant.

7. Children have a neighborhood birthday party? Ask the hostess mom to save the paper cups for you. She may look at you a wee bit oddly, but in a week or so you can take her a gift of a small seedling started in one of those recycled cups.

8.Did you stop at the deli and get a sandwich to go? Use the container as a mini "greenhouse/seed starter"..many deli containers have a small plastic lid on them..these act as a nice "terrarium" type atmosphere..great for starting seeds.
Happy Gardening!
~The Victory Gardener~
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  1. Tina, I have added you to my blogsite. Thank you for visitng mine. Cheryl

  2. I love it! We collect these things too so we can be ready for the snow to melt and start planting!
    I added you to my blogs! Stop adn visit us soon!

  3. What great ideas for starting seeds.

  4. Thanks for entering my OWOH giveaway. AND,..... thanks for the tips on starting seeds. I just got my seeds from John Schepper in the mail to start inside before the last freeze!!!!
    Great ideas.

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog...nice to meet you! :)

    I will be back to read more. I am afraid I get so overwhelmed by growing things, although I do long to have my own garden. Maybe this year!!

    B.B. Bellezza

  6. All excellent ideas! Now, do you have an organic (and humane) way to keep my damned cat from patting down all my seedlings JUST as they emerge?

  7. thank you you just enlightened me. i didn't realize how many more plants i could go in my backyard. i just finished a Haagen Daz carton and now i'll save it. i'm disappointed that so many of the regular items like milk or minute maid oranje juice cartons aren't recyclable. Niether are ice cream cartons. or fast food wrapperse. at least where i live, in los angeles, and that's even worse there's millions of people. but thank you, that was the perfect solution.