Starting seeds indoors is a fun, low-cost and rewarding activity that you can do with kids. All you need is some soil, seeds and containers. You can purchase all of those materials at your local garden centre, but you can also save money and help the environment by transforming everyday household items into potting containers.
If you look around, the possibilities are endless. Just about anything can be made into a container, but make sure it’s clean and poked with some drainage holes. Use a mixture of water and bleach to disinfect and sterilize the containers. That being said, the best containers are ones that are biodegradable and can go directly into the ground without doing damage to the transplants.
Here are some eco-friendly container ideas to get you started:
- Egg Cartons: These humble cardboard containers make wonderful containers. They are biodegradable and can be planted directly in the garden. Be sure to use a plastic sheet or paper towel at the bottom of the carton to absorb excess water.
- Egg Shells: The next time you eat breakfast, start saving your egg shells! Once they are washed and cleaned, they can be used as small, compostable containers. As a bonus, they will keep slugs away from your garden.
- Coffee Cups: If you have a caffeine addiction, start saving those paper cups. Coffee cups are a good size to start all kinds of seeds.
- Toilet Paper Rolls/Paper Towel rolls: These cardboard rolls are perfect for seedlings. The paper towel rolls will need to be cut into smaller pieces. Place them in a tray and fill with soil.
- Newspapers: Using a tin can and some newspapers, you can convert your daily news into a seed starter. Here is a tutorial on how to make these fun little newspaper pots.
- Yogurt/Margarine/Sour Cream Plastic Containers: These plastic containers aren’t biodegradable, but they can still be used to start your plants. They are sturdy and can be reused more than once. Make sure the containers are washed thoroughly before using.
- Plastic Water Bottles/Juice boxes: These containers can be can be cut in half to create two containers in one!
- Strawberry/Blueberry Plastic Containers: When you buy pre-packaged fruits like strawberries or blueberries, they come in plastic containers that have holes in them! This saves you an extra step.
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