3 Free Containers to Start Garden Seeds

Here are 3 Free Containers to start garden seeds!

free containers for starting garden seedsIt’s that time of year out here in Eastern Iowa! With an average last frost date of mid May, it’s time for me to start seeds for my garden. I am itching to get back in the dirt and starting seeds is a nice way to ease back into it!

Last year was the first year that I ever started my own seeds. I had mixed results, honestly. I got some spindly little plants that didn’t fare well once I transplanted them to my garden. This year, I’m trying again. I’ve been reading online about different types of containers to start seedlings in, and couldn’t decide which one to use.

So, I chose to use them all! 🙂

We’ll call it an experiment of sorts and see which one fares the best. I’m so excited that all three containers for my garden seeds were free! I used all of these:

1. Egg Cartons

2. Egg Shells

3. Toilet Paper Rolls (or paper towel rolls or wrapping paper rolls!)

I love these ideas because this stuff is either trash, compost, or recyclables. It’s much better to re-use things, in my opinion! And each of these seed starting containers can be planted directly in the ground to decompose around my plants. They were easy to find in my house…and easy to prepare and plant, too!

Here’s how you can start your own garden seeds in free containers:

Pick your container of choice.

DSC_0050 I cut the toilet paper rolls in half and put them in a plastic shoe box.

DSC_0042 A lot of sources I saw said to cut the bottom of the TP roll and fold it over, but I skipped that part. I like to live dangerously…

free container to start seedsEgg shells need to be rinsed, but the egg cartons don’t need special preparation, unless you’d like to put a few small drainage holes in them. As I said, I like to live dangerously. I will very carefully water with a spray bottle to avoid over watering, so I opted for no drainage holes.

DSC_0052-001 Get some potting soil and wet thoroughly before filling containers.

free container to start seeds

free container to start seeds free container to start seeds

Use a spool or fingers to fill the containers. I love my daughter’s dirty hands, but I’m weird like that. 😉

free container to start seeds

Add your seeds. I pushed the bigger seeds into the dirt a bit, but the smaller seeds, I just let hang out on top. The seed packet directions should help you decide what to do.

DSC_0070-001I also had ONE of these plastic tray thingies left over from last year, so I used it too. Make sure you label your seeds somehow, so you know what you get. Trust me on that. I ended up with 2/3 cherry tomato plants last year because I didn’t label correctly…

Then, cover your plants with plastic or glass and place in a warm area. The experts recommend 70-80 degrees for optimum seed germination. You might want to use a grow light bulb to warm up your area. I don’t have one yet, but will get one later today. Don’t you love my DIY seed starting station?! Hey, it’s better than nothing…

DSC_0073-001And then wait! Most of my seed packets said the seeds should germinate in 3-5 days! I’ll post pictures next week to show you how things are growing.

What do you start your seeds in? I’d love to hear how you do it!

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  1. Thanks for sharing about how you start your seedlings. I am getting ready to start mine too. I think I am going to try the egg cartons this year. Look forward to seeing how all your teat methods compare to each other. Holly
  2. I love it. I use newspaper pots (I showed last year how to make them on a post) because I'm not patient enough to save up the tp rolls or the eggshells ;) And I'm thinking I still have a few weeks before I need to start seeds, but yikes Mother's Day (our safe outdoor time) is coming up fast!
  3. These are great ideas! I wouldn't have thought of the egg shells, but that's awesome! Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring your post in this week's issue.:)
  4. Those are all great starters. I have family and friends save me their 4 and 6 packs that they buy their plants in every year. I just wash them in bleach and water and plant away. Oh, I stopped by off of TGP and plan to follow you alone. Stop by, follow and share with us at: http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com/

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