With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start planning the garden. Time to get things ready for starting those precious little seedlings. I don’t know about you but I get very excited this time of year and look forward to the new growing season.
There are several simple ways to use what you already have around the house to make seedling pots.
1) Newspapers – You can recycle your newspapers into pots. I have a wonderful little wooden tool that helps to fold the newspaper into just the right size pot. I prefer to use it but you don’t have to. You can fold it free hand. The nice thing is that newspaper dissolves so you can just plant the whole thing in the ground if you want. Make sure you don’t use the shiny papers if you are going to do that.
2) Egg cartons – These make great seed starters. I prefer the cardboard egg carton’s but the Styrofoam and plastic work just as well. Make sure to poke a few holes in the bottom if you are using plastic or Styrofoam. The clear plastic egg cartons can become mini greenhouses if you close the lid.
3) Cans – Recycle your soup or vegetable cans. Poke holes in the bottom of the can and put a small layer of stones in the bottom for drainage.
4) Ice cube trays – Don’t throw out your old ice cube trays the next time you are getting ready to replace them. These make great seed starters. Again, poke holes in the bottom of each cube.
Those are only a few. The possibilities are endless. Basically, anything that would end up in the recycle bin has potential to double as a container to start seeds in. You don’t have to spend any money on pots if you don’t want to.
Once you’ve chosen your pot/container, poke holes in the bottom of the container for drainage unless the container is porous (cardboard etc.)
Next, fill your container with moist potting soil and plant the seeds according to the instructions on your seed packet. It works well if you moisten the potting soil with warm water.
Cover the containers with plastic (saran wrap works great) to create a mini greenhouse. Poke a few holes for ventilation in the plastic.
Seeds won’t germinate unless they reach the right temperature. Usually between 65-70 degrees F. So place them in an area where they will be warm. A grow light or even a regular lamp can provide the needed heat.
Water as needed. A spray bottle that will mist is perfect for seedlings. Water them carefully because seedlings are fragile.
Remove the plastic after the seedlings appear and move them into brighter light.
Transplant when they are big enough.
Enjoy watching them grow!