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Compact Seed Starter Tray

I am in the process of planting several thousand pansy seed. This being my first time to grow pansies from seed, I really wasn't prepared. I have various trays and flats about, and just about anything else that will hold the seedlings until they're ready for transplanting.

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I've even begun to transplant some of the seedlings to their permanent locations, in sunken tubs and in small beds under trees. With as many pansies as I'm growing, I have no choice but to 'make do' as best I can.

I realize most of you will not be growing pansies on this scale. So, I decided to share with you my latest contrivance to house the seed; all components, free.

I'm using a discarded drink crate a neighbor found alongside the highway. This is how I came by most all of the recycle bins I use. The drink crate is optional, as most any sturdy container would do.

I filled the crate with pudding cups saved from a couple years ago. I lined the cups with pieces of mini blinds. The blinds had been in an outbuilding for years. I knew I would find a use for them. If you once lift a plant from a cell, using the mini blind, you will always want to use this method. It makes transplanting such a breeze.

Next, I filled the cups with soil and planted the seed. All is very compact and neat. This would be ideal for starting seed inside during the winter. A sheet of plastic underneath to protect counter tops and you're set to go.

Placed under grow lights or near a sunny window, this little setup should make your indoor seed starting a pleasure.

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September 13, 20170 found this helpful

Wow! This is a great idea. I will share this information to my parents', thank you.

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September 13, 20170 found this helpful

And thank you.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks - Just the information I needed.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Fantastic. Mum is going to love this!

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