Egg Carton Seed Starter

Use the inner plastic lining from a biscuit tin or an egg box to sow seedlings before transferring out of doors or into larger pots. Saves a few cents.

By Cait from Ireland


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March 22, 2011 Flag
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Cardboard egg cartons make wonderful little seed starters and they are free unlike mini peat-pots. They disintegrate in the soil and the roots can grow right through them. Fill holes egg-holes with several tablespoons of potting soil then add several seeds. I like to poke a drainage in the bottom. After your seed has sprouted and has grown a tiny bit, you'll need to plant it. Before planting it in the garden, cut out each little pod with a pair of cheap scissors.


* Be sure you only use cardboard egg cartons (not Styrofoam) if they are going to be replanted, as styrofoam won't break down like cardboard will.


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April 27, 2009 Flag
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A frugal way to start those seeds is to save your paper (not styrofoam) egg cartons! Just add potting soil to each cup, plant the seed, and water. When ready to plant, tear each cup apart, and plant in the garden!

By CKDavis from Flagstaff, AZ

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