Give your seedlings a head start by planting early. Start indoors if you garden in colder climates. This is a guide about starting seedlings.
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I used a discarded zip container that a comforter was in and an unused Rubbermaid container to start an indoor greenhouse. I used peat pots and seeds gleaned from last fall's bounty. In a week, the seeds have started to sprout! I placed it inside in a sunny window.
By Katy from Amherst, VA
My tip is saving all the polystyrene cups you get at take outs, and use them for potting up seedlings. The take-away trays can be used as mini propagators sitting nicely along a sunny window; no need for a big glass house.
Source: My old auntie told me.
By Bubbleswire from Ireland
I save the cardboard centers from toilet paper. These are excellent for starting seeds for my garden in the early spring. When the conditions are right for planting, I simply plant seedling in its cardboard core.
By Judi S. from Six Mile, SC
I know most yogurt containers are recyclable these days, but I still dislike throwing out things that could be repurposed. I am reusing my empty yogurt containers for starting my spring garden seedlings.
The yogurt containers I use have bottoms that are easily cut out. The bottomless containers are placed on a flat plastic tray. Dirt, seeds, water, and fertilizer can be placed in the container. Voila, instant seedling starters. Then when they are ready to go into the garden, you just dig a hole and the place the container over the hole and push the new seedling out. Friendly reminder, don't let the seedling get too big or you'll have to cut the container off.
By smcmama 
Anyone every wonder what to do with those hard plastic containers which hold a roasted chicken? I get salads with these hard plastic containers too. I just couldn't see throwing them away. So, I was watching a gardening show and they were talking about those packs to start seeds for the garden. I plant a small garden, I just couldn't justify the expense. Then I began looking at a chicken container I'd just emptied and was going to toss. Hey here's the same thing only smaller!
Using these containers I can stagger my plantings and label each mini seed starters. I also am using egg cartons, cutting a dozen egg carton in half is just right and will sit on the raised part of the bottom. so if/when I over water, the pots don't sit in water. When planting, I just slit the carton and put it in, no transplant shock either. So now, my produce won't be ripening all at the same time and my growing season will be extended. I look forward to seeing these seeds grow.
And hey, if you have kids, let them do this and watch their interest in eating their produce. (smile)
By Dee from Salem, OR
This is a quick tip for starting those seedlings inside. I get people to save me their plastic cups from 7-11. They are perfect for starting plants and with the dome lid, it is like a mini greenhouse. Great for tomatoes.
By Pico from St. Paul, Alberta
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By Susan Sanders-Kinzel 07/07/2005
Heat a metal barbecue skewer in the flame on the stove and use it to poke holes in containers you want to use for starting seeds. The hole will melt thru, and the plastic container won't crack.
What is the reason for covering seed trays with glass when the trays are to be left in a greenhouse?
By Clive from Staffordshire, UK
By April 03/05/2012
It creates the same effect as being in a greenhouse.
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Am I the only one who thinks that the birth of a seed is a beautiful, artistic miracle?
By Donna 
In addition to serving as "food" in a few months, these plantings are helping me to "Think Spring" and avoid the winter blues!
Some of the planters have just one seed-type, others have a variety. Of the seeds that have sprouted (are visible plantings):
From left to right (back row): tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, cabbage
From left to right (front row): broccoli, brussel sprouts, watermelon, squash, beets, eggplant, pumpkin
my urban farm in Greater Philadelphia
ThriftyFun is asking us to share our gardening photos. At this time, my garden is under snow and frozen slush. I love gardening, and this nasty weather can really put me in the dumps. I find the best way to lift my spirits is to get some plants started indoors. I visit my little 'grow area' several times a day. I always walk away feeling a little bit better.
Shown here, is a small cardboard box filled with little cells I made from telephone book pages. Planted within are Pink Beefsteak tomato seed. In my area, the last frost date is around April, 15. At that time, these little babies should be just the right size for transplanting outside.
My home, North Carolina
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