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10 Everyday Household Items That Make Perfect Seedling Starters

Kick off gardening season with these clever DIY ideas using recycled finds from around your home.

We’ll be the first to admit that when spring rolls around, we’re keen to get out and garden. But while there’s still a chill in the air, starting seedlings indoors is the best way to get a head start. Luckily, you likely already have the makings of a seedling starter at home. Plant your seeds in one of these easy DIY planters now, and then transport the resulting buds to your garden when the sun is out and shining.

Don’t throw out those empty eggshells after making breakfast—put some soil in them! Eggs are a great source of calcium for plants, too. When you start to see sprouts, you can place the whole shebang right into the dirt—just give it a squeeze so the roots can find their new soil easily.

Get the tutorial at Squawk Fox.

Just because they’re disposable doesn’t mean they’re trash—K-Cups are actually more reusable than you might think. To turn them into seedling starters, just spoon out used coffee grounds and remove the filter lining—but hold on to both. The filters are biodegradable, and spreading coffee grinds in your garden can keep out neighborhood cats.

Get the tutorial at Surf and Sunshine, and learn more about reusing K-Cups at Instructables.

3. Citrus Fruits

Poke a hole in the bottom of an already juiced lemon or orange rind for drainage and fill it with soil for a seedling starter that can be planted right in the ground. The peel will compost into the soil, adding nutrients to the plants as they grow.

4. Toilet Paper Rolls

Seedling starters can also prevent your garden from being overpopulated after planting too many viable seeds. These emptied toilet paper tubes with brown packing paper wrapped around them are cute enough to gift to friends if too many sprouts start popping up.

5. Ice Cream Cones

These cute biodegradable pots combine two of our favorite summer activities—eating too much ice cream and spending time in our gardens. Don’t want to let good ice cream cones go to waste? Only use ones that have gone stale already.

Get the tutorial at Design Mom.

If you often let old newspapers gather dust in your foyer, this one’s for you! Wrap your newspaper around a soup container to get the right shape, forming cups to hold seedlings.

Get the tutorial at Cottage Hill.

7. Ice Cube Trays

While you can’t place this option right into your garden, it’s a much cheaper solution to store-bought seedling starters, plus you can reuse them year after year.

Get the tutorial at Mr Brown Thumb.

If you’re looking for a seedling starter you can plant right in your garden when you start to see sprouts, the material should be your primary consideration. Paper egg cartons are biodegradable and can be easily pulled apart for planting.

Kick off gardening season with these clever DIY seedling starters using recycled household finds.

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About Plant Starter Accessories

From hot peppers to sweet strawberries, home gardeners are more prolific than ever because they are getting a jumpstart on their growing seasons by seed starting indoors. Seed starting consists of planting your seeds and caring for the seedlings before the weather warms up to help give them a stronger chance for survival and a healthier growing season.

As more people begin to realize growing their favorite plants, fruits and vegetables is relatively simple and inexpensive, seed starting is becoming popular. To smoothly transition indoor seedlings outdoors, it’s helpful to have a few key supplies, including plant light bulbs and garden tools, on hand.

Begin by planting your seeds in peat pots. Peat pots are organic, biodegradable containers that hold your seedlings. As they become saturated with moisture, organizing them on planting trays will help contain any run-off. Then, when outdoor growing conditions are ideal, the peat pots holding your healthy seedlings can be planted directly into the ground.

Germination stations, greenhouse kits and garden systems also help provide optimal indoor growing environments and ease plant transitions outdoors. Ace Hardware has the seed starting supplies you need to help grow your plants to their best potential either in-season or all year long. For more information check out our lawn and garden advice section.

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