Making your own seed starting containers is a great way to repurpose common household items and get a headstart on gardening season, without having to go out and spend a pile of money at the garden center for new trays and pots. What’s more, most of these homemade seed pots are biodegradable and can be planted directly in the ground when your seedling is ready.
Here are 12 DIY seed starter pots that you can make with items you have lying around your house:
1. Toilet Paper Rolls
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Take a toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll) and make a few long vertical cuts into one end, then fold them inwards to create a cup.
2. Citrus Peels
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Use a lemon, orange or a grapefruit to start your seedlings. Poke a hole in the bottom for drainage, fill the center with soil, and then add the seeds.
3. Egg Carton
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Each egg-shaped cup in the carton is the perfect size for an individual seed-starting pot.
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Coffee drinkers – give your K-cups new life as K-Cups plant starters!
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Eggshells make awesome seedling pots because you can transplant them directly into the ground after cracking the bottom to allow roots to spread.
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Make your own DIY newspaper seed pots! They are easy to make and biodegradable.
7. Yogurt Cups
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Just wash them out and poke a few drainage holes in the bottom.
8. Milk or Juice Cartons
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9. Soda Bottles
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Turn old 2-liter plastic bottles into seed starter pots which will automatically hold the right moisture level for your plants most of the time.
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10. Milk Jugs
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11. Ice Cube Tray
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12. Plastic Cups
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