Besides using my soil block maker, I am also a huge fan of reusing items destined for the trash or recycling bin for starting seeds indoors. With that in mind, I put the call out to some of my garden writer and garden blogging pals, asking them if they use reused items for seed starting. Boy, did I get a response! Several people had written entire blog posts about their love for reusing, so I thought I'd share them here to hopefully spark some ideas.
- David Townsend from The Home Garden sowed heuchera seeds in reused yogurt cups, showing that even perennials can get the reused container treatment! He's also rooted cuttings in small plastic containers, which is a great idea.
- Use egg cartons to start seeds that you'll be transplanting fairly quickly, such as lettuce and spinach.
- Tina from HappyHobbyHabit shares a unique method (one that will satisfy your inner origami-artist) for making paper seed starting pots.
- Kim from A Study in Contrasts shares one of my favorite ways to reuse containers for seed starting: winter sowing!
- I've written here about making pots out of empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls.
I love reusing items for gardening. It saves me money and keeps would-be trash out of the landfills.
Now, it's your turn! Do you reuse items for seed starting? Want to share with the rest of the About Organic Gardening community? Tell us about your seed starting ideas here!
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