Reuse household trash to start your spring sprouting!
few nice warm sunny days in the early spring is all it takes for many
people to start itching to plant or start seeds. I got my herbs started
several weeks ago as I am impatient to have fresh basil again! If you
have a sunny window it's easy to grow herbs and start many seeds
indoors. You don't even need to have fancy pots or specialty "seed
starting" boxes or kits - there are many things you can reuse to start
seeds - here is a short list:
jugs (like half-gallon milk jugs) - just cut the top off and pierce a
few small holes at the bottom; you can also use the top part as a scoop
for your dirt! No waste here!
egg cartons - perfect for seedlings that you plan to transplant outdoors
shells - when using eggs for cooking, gently break only the top part of
the shell with a sharp knife to keep most of the shell in tact, wash it
out well, let dry. These are also perfect to start seeds then they can
be planted - shell and all! into your outdoor garden
- any cans like empty coffee cans, cleaned out food cans, even soda
cans - just make sure to punch holes in the bottom for drainage
take out coffee cups
can even create little seedling pouches by making soil balls using old
shirts, cut into small circles or squares, then place dirt inside and
enclose bundle by tying with string or twine. Cut a small area out and
keep the soil moist to promote better seedlings, reuse your plastic
bags or zip lock bags - I find that old zip lock bags (large or small)
work really well to create a mini-greenhouse by fitting them over the
top of planters
You can also get creative and decorate your containers - get the kids involved - have fun!
What ideas do you have for reusing containers for gardening? I'd love to hear from my readers so leave comments below.