5 Items to Start Your Seeds In

Posted on Feb 29 2012 - 1:16am by Mike Lieberman

You’ve scouted out the location for your garden

Figured out how much sunlight your space gets

And have decided what you are going to grow.

Now it’s time to finally get your seeds started and aren’t sure what to use. That’s why, I wanted to share 5 items that you can start your seeds in.

Strawberry containers. If you are growing fruit bearing vegetables, you can reuse strawberry containers to start your seedlings in.

Toilet paper rolls. Toilet paper is something that we all use and wind up tossing into the trash when done with them. If you are feeling crafty, you can turn your toilet paper rolls into seed starting pots.

Newspaper pots. You can either make these on your own by following these directions or buy a kit that allows you to easily make them.

Expanding seed pellets. If you aren’t feeling so crafty, you can buy seed starter pellets from an online seed company like SeedsNow.com

Seed starting kits. If you really want it to all be done for you, then you can purchase a seed starting kit that comes with everything that you need. You can buy ones that have heating mats, greenhouse covers and pellets.

Your Turn

Whether you are a DIY kind of person, or want to buy a ready to go kit, one of these five (5) options will help you to get your seeds started.

What are you going to use to start your seeds this year?

Photo courtesy of annethelibrarian on Flickr.

  • AH

    They are planted in eggshells!

  • M Goudelock

    WOW!  THANKS SO MUCH for these ideas!!!  I live in Florida and have let LIFE interupt my seed planting this spring, but this has gotten me INSPIRED!! WONDERFUL – thanks Mike!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1067846985 Mandy Malagón

    I’ve tried various methods, such as the TP roll, and egg shells. I didn’t like either :(

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Totally forgot about those. Good call!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Why didn’t you like them?

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Got on that!

  • Nissa Eisenberg

    what about egg cartons? the cardboard kind of course. i have quite the stockpile since our farmer stopped taking them back. this was one reuse that i thought i might try this spring.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    yes. Those are a great option as well as the egg shell.

  • http://twitter.com/beselfsufficien Be Self Sufficient

    Great article, Mike. I like all of those options.

  • http://www.facebook.com/enzymeluv James Thomas

    Recycled foil coffee bags…last night, I found a 1000 of then next to a dumpster… Thinking of puncturing holes in the bottom for drainage, and cutting them in half. Though, nothing can beat the traditional planting trays. They are so easy to work with.

  • Georgianne

    Just saw a former teacher of mine sprouting seeds in empty water bottles! Looks like he added a little water, and left the lids slightly unscrewed to encourage airflow. So far, he’s had great success!

  • selfmademax

    I use yogurt containers with a hole punched in the bottom.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman


  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    That works.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Good find!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    All doable too.

  • April DeMarco

    The rookie got sucked into Burpee’s starting kit with pellets:) I am aving those toilet paper rolls for next year, that’s for sure!

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    All good. They seem to be working well for you.