Happy Earth Day! If you’re looking for a cheap and environmentally-friendly way to start your garden seeds, reusing your egg carton is a great option.
- An egg carton (Styrofoam or cardboard can both work)
- Seed starting mix
- Light source – can be a sunny window or an indoor grow light
Get out your empty egg carton.
If using a Styrofoam egg carton:
- The lid on the egg carton doubles as a basin for adding your water or liquid fertilizer for seedlings. You will need to use a scissors and cut/detach the lid section from the egg-holding section of the carton.
- Next, use a pen, pencil, screwdriver, etc. to poke holes in the bottom of each egg pod. This will later allow water to drain.
- Now place the egg carton section inside the lid section.
If using a cardboard egg carton:
- Cut out each individual egg pod cell from the carton.
- Next, use something sturdy like a screwdriver or knife to poke holes in the bottom of each of the pods.
- Then, place the pods on a tray or container to catch water that drains.
Add your seed starting mix to the egg cartons.
Place seeds in the seed starting mix.
Note: Most seed starting mix will recommend adding water to it. You can pour the mix into a large bowl, add water, and mix by hand. Then place into the egg container.
Cover the cells with plastic wrap. While the seeds germinate, it is important to keep them moist.
After the seeds have germinated, you can remove the plastic and move them to a light source.