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It’s the time of year that I have started dreaming of my garden. Not that my dreams every come to fruition, because I kill plants. (Not on purpose. They just die under my care). However, every year, I love starting the seeds and watching the little plants spring up.
I choose to start my own plants because I get to choose what varieties I am going to
kill plant. It is also much more cost-effective than buying root-bound plants at the local nursery or hardware store.
There are many seed starting “systems” that you can buy. I have found that using materials around the house is just as effective.
I use egg cartons to get things started. The cardboard egg cartons can be planted right into bigger pots. We also have a brand of eggs locally that comes in clear plastic. I like these because they give a mini-greenhouse effect to the little seedlings.
You can create starting pots out of newspaper (no shiny ads, please!). These pots can be used for bigger seedlings and planted right into the ground. (See this handy EHow article)
Cardboard milk cartons are great for holding larger plants like tomatos. Milk jugs can act as mini-greenhouses and protect seedlings in the garden.
Our local municipality only recycles #1 and #2 plastics. I save other plastics to use in the seed starting process. Containers can be used as pots or cut up into supports. Lids can be used as saucers under pots.
2-liter soda bottles can be cut horizontally and used as a combination growing pot and greenhouse cover. Taking the cap off can eliminate the heat buildup that will
fry distress young plants.
Clean aluminum foil can protect any surface you are putting your seedlings on, as well as reflect light up to them. It is also helpful to keep cats off the table, where they might bite all the leaves off your seedlings. (Don’t ask me how they managed to get the door open!)
Seed starting can be done quite inexpensively at home with reused materials.
Photo by jspatchwork