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When growing small flower seeds use biodegradable egg trays. When the seedlings are ready for planting in the garden just pop the whole tray in the garden and cover tray with soil. You will have nice quick, easy and even planting and the egg trays will just break down into the soil.
When you buy your eggs, some of the containers, like Eggland's Best, are clear plastic containers. Buy those and save them for starting seeds. They have a clear plastic cover that covers where the eggs sit. Just fill those spaces with dirt, drop in a few seeds, cover with the plastic cover, and you have little miniature greenhouses!
By Gina from Oklahoma City, OK
The cavities in egg crates are just the right size for starting many types of seeds. An added advantage to the paper style is that it can be cut apart and the seedling planted in the soil container and all.
A way to 'make' peat pots is to cut up the 100% recycled newspaper egg cartons. Fill with soil and start your plants, transplant entire piece into ground, wetting the egg container just before placing in soil (this helps to quicken the decomposition process). Great recycling effort, too!
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Paper egg cartons work wonders for starting your seedlings! Cut off the top of the carton and place under the egg compartments. Add seedling mix and seeds. When you water, the paper carton will hold the moisture for a long time and it adds support for handling. When you're ready to transplant, just break off each section. You can plant the biodegradable carton sections, with the seedling, to reduce transplanting shock.
By Laurie from Fairbanks, AK
I used to love using the paper cartons! Unfortunately I haven't seen them in years now. So what I do is use the styrofoam ones. Only before putting the dirt in the cups I poke some holes in the bottoms of the cups with a fork. This allows for drainage. I cut the top of the carton off and place it under the bottom to catch the drainage. (03/10/2010)
The best thing about this tip is that the individual egg cups can be cup apart with a sturdy pair of scissors and the whole thing can be planted, much like a peat pot. This will avoid disturbing tiny seedlings' roots and give your plants a head start.
Don't try it with the styrofoam ones, tho. The plastic won't disintegrate like the paper. (04/09/2007)