Recycled Seedling Containers

For many planting zones, it is close to time to start your seedlings indoors. Be creative-you don't need the expensive jiffy pots. I like to use the cardboard egg cartons, and cut down used Styrofoam cups. Sometimes I make my own containers out of newspaper. I roll it around a spool of thread, then tuck in the ends as if I am wrapping a gift. Fill with potting soil or seed starter mix. I am sure you can find other items to start them in as well.

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Those containers that salads, cakes, and pies come in (with the dark bottoms and clear plastic dome lids) make great "terrariums" to put your seedling containers in. I cut my egg carton cells to fit in them.

On top of the refrigerator is a great place for your seedlings, providing you have a kitchen with good lighting. The refrigerator top provides heat that is important for the seeds to grow, and it is a spot where they are out of the way and won't get smashed. I usually start my plants around Feb 15. By transplant time I have some good sized zucchini, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, and more ready to transplant over.

I usually get my seeds at the dollar store, 10 packs for a dollar, and the rest of my planting is recycled. A good sized bag of potting soil usually lasts me 3 years.

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By mom-from-missouri from NW MO

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