By Michael Nolan
In this installment, we’re going to take a look at a few creative ways to use what you already have instead of buying expensive pots for your container garden.
My partner always looks at me funny when I rinse and save my empty egg cartons. When it comes time to start the seeds for a new gardening season, I pull them out, fill them with some nutrient-rich compost and voila!
I’ve got seed starters that didn’t cost me a penny. I did start buying eggs that come in cardboard cartons so that I can simply cut them apart and drop them right in place in my garden.
Toilet Paper & Paper Tower Rolls
Those sturdy paperboard rolls can easily be cut down into the perfect size to start your long-root seedlings. Just cut notches into one end and fold the pieces together to form the bottom and fill with your favorite seed starter mix.
Another fantastic option I came across a few years ago was to make your own seed starter pots by recycling your old newspapers. Rather than try to explain the steps required, I found an excellent video that will show you just how easy it is to make your own seed starter pots:
With these ideas in mind, I’d bet you can come up with a few on your own by just looking at what you have lying around the house. Even if they aren’t biodegradable, you can still use some containers over and over — recycling at its best! What about those empty yogurt containers or baby food jars?
Now get out there, get creative and have a great time doing it!