Seed starters are ideal to help your seedlings to grow. Although you may think it is a waste of money, it does come in handy when you wish to grow healthy plants of a uniform size in bulk. If buying a seed starter doesn’t fit into your budget, you can always use your creativity and find something in your home that can double up as a seed starter. Here are some tried and tested seed starting container ideas that people have already been using around the world.
Creative Seed Starting Container Ideas
If you get your eggs in those lightweight cartons, you can use them for sowing your seeds. The only drawback is that you might have to watch out for any tears that can happen with watering.
A better option is using egg shells. Instead of throwing them into the compost, use them as the base for sowing your seeds.
If you manage to get half a sweet lime or orange peel intact, you can use them as a seed starter. They will easily decompose and replanting from them is very easy as you can just tuck them into the soil.
If you use those small recyclable coffee cups at home, you can reuse them as seed starters.
Your soft drink containers are perfect items for recycling into seed starters.
Toilet Paper Rolls
Another great option is the toilet paper rolls. Make four cuts in the roll, 1/3 of the way up and fold the cut area on the bottom so that you close it like a box. Fill with a light potting soil and you can transplant them directly into the soil as the cardboard will decompose on its own.
You’ve probably never heard of these before and that’s because you can make them at home yourself. They are biodegradable and can be directly placed into the soil with no transferring required. However it takes time to make them and they tear easily when watered.
Unused Ice Cube Trays
If you ice cube tray has started to crack, you can use it as a mini seed starter tray instead.
There you have it! A nice list of convenient and inexpensive seed starter container ideas for your newborn seedlings.
Got any other seed starter hacks you use in your garden? We’d love to hear your ideas. Do share them with us in the comments section.
Hi Adeline, thanks for sharing these valuable inputs.
I have been thinking of starting a terrace flower bed, this being the first, could you suggest ways I could begin.
I am looking forward to having a portable flower bed. And intend to include bird feeding facilities. Please advice.