Free plant starter!!

It’s time!!! To start your plants for the spring! This is honestly one of my favorite times of the year. Looking forward to spring, watching tiny seeds sprout. When I wake up and stare at the dark mat of dirt with a cup of coffee in hand and spot a pale green tender shoot bubbling the earth above it as it pushes it’s way towards the light I feel such hope.

My problem this year is that I have BIG plans for the spring. So I need LOTS of pots. I love finding a really cheap or better yet a free method for just about anything and I have been racking my brain trying to think of something easy, something free, and something that will work really really well.

I tried planting in egg cartons and they worked so well I bought the 25 pack of eggs and tried again, and again, and again. I love it. It’s recycling to the max, it feeds the plant, and I just plant the little sections and I dot have to disturb the fragile roots. (TIP: handle the young plants by the leaves not the roots as the delicate roots can be easily damaged)

The last time I went to the store the eggs were sold with a plastic cover to protect the eggs but it works so well to keep in humidity to help the seeds germinate.

I like to place the egg cartons in a cookie sheet or on plastic and pour water in the cookie sheet and let the water soak up through the cardboard so seeds that need light to germinate won’t be displaced by watering.

Another FREE TIP: use twigs and duct tape to make signs for the rows. If you use the signs outside when the seedlings are larger use a fade resistant marker like this

4 thoughts on “Free plant starter!!

  1. Styrofoam cups work well too (and super cheap) when you’re ready to move the seedlings to a larger space before planting to encourage root growth.
    But remember to poke a hole in the bottom of the cup for drainage!
    Great tips.
    SL : )


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