Looking for a cheap way to start your garden indoors? Use something that you probably already have in your home — start seeds in egg cartons! They’re biodegradable and a cheap alternative to store bought starter trays.
Egg cartons make smart starter containers because most of them are made from recyclable material and they’re the perfect size for starting seeds.
- Recyclable egg carton
- Potting mix
- Spray bottle
Prep the egg carton by cutting off the lid with scissors.
Carefully poke a hole in the bottom of each cell. This will help provide good drainage for your seeds as they grow.
Coffee grounds make a great fertilizer. Instead of dumping your grounds in the trash, try reusing them in your garden. I dump coffee grounds in my house plants too and they seem to love it. For my seed starters I made a mixture of 50% organic potting soil combined with 50% coffee grounds.
Fill each cell 3/4 with the 50/50 potting mix. Fill most of the cell leaving enough room for seed and more soil.
Plant seeds and cover with soil. Put 1 or 2 seeds in each cell and cover with more potting mix. Follow the directions on the seed packet for how much soil to cover the seeds with. Some are 1/4″ depth, some are 1/8″, it just depends on what you’re planting.
Water. Mist each cell with a spray bottle using lukewarm water. Using the spray bottle is a more gentle way for your sensitive seeds to get water at this point in the game.
Cover and place in a warm area. I put mine on a small metal tray and put a heating pad underneath on low setting. If you can, cover with some type of lid. I used a plastic egg carton lid. You could also make a lid out of a plastic water bottle by cutting the top off and cutting one side open.
If you’re looking for a cheap option to start your garden indoors, using egg cartons is the perfect solution.
When your seedlings are ready to transplant try putting them in raised garden beds.
Egg cartons make great containers for starting seeds indoors and it’s easy to do. Start some seeds in egg cartons today!