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DIY Seed Pots from Common Household Items

By Fredrica Syren:

I like to plant my seeds in recycled household items instead of store bought plastic trays and soil blocks or even pots. Instead of wasting money and creating more trash, I suggest inventing your own seeds pots. It’s easy.

Growing plants from your own seeds puts all the control into your hands and will save you lots of money. You will know which seeds are being planted, and in what kinds of soil and fertilizer. It’s the only really safe way to know it’s all organic.  Plus, your budget will go much further than if you had to buy seedlings. Also, my kids absolutely love the whole journey of planting a seed, watching it grow and nurturing it until we have herbs, fruit and vegetables that we’ll harvest.

Old yogurt cups – On the occasion my kids get individual servings of yogurt, I would save the empty cups to use for crafts. Now I also save them to plant seeds in. Just be sure to make a couple of drainage holes in the bottom of each cup.plant seeds in old milk cartons

Old milk or juice cartons – Lay the carton on its side and remove one of the long sides. Make drainage holes in opposite side. Fill with soil. You can grow more than one plant in there.

Egg cartons – The best part about using egg cartons is that, since they are bio-degradable and compostable, they can be transferred along with the seedling right into the ground/soil/pot. Fill each cell in the carton with soil and plant a few seeds in each one. Once the seeds have sprouted, divide the carton into individual cells; and plant, cardboard cells and all.

 Toilet paper rolls – Everyone uses toilet paper, and these little paper tubs are the perfect size for seed planting. All you have to do is cut your toilet paper rolls in half and place them all tightly on a tray and fill with soil. Since the bottoms are open, they already have a natural way of draining water. When the time is right, plant them outside – toilet paper roll and all.  Just like the egg cartons, they will compost, and the plants will already be off to a great start.

Take good care of your seedlings and make sure they get plenty of sunlight, or consider investing in a grow light. Keep soil moist but not over watered. When you’re sure the last frost date has passed, it is time to transplant your seedlings into the garden. Happy gardening!

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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