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.

18 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. AH February 29, 2012 at 8:02 am -

    They are planted in eggshells!

  2. M Goudelock February 29, 2012 at 8:05 am -

    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!!!

  3. Mandy Malagón February 29, 2012 at 8:09 am -

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

  4. Mike Lieberman February 29, 2012 at 8:18 am -

    Totally forgot about those. Good call!

  5. Mike Lieberman February 29, 2012 at 8:18 am -

    Why didn’t you like them?

  6. Mike Lieberman February 29, 2012 at 8:18 am -

    Got on that!

  7. Nissa Eisenberg February 29, 2012 at 11:48 am -

    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.

  8. Mike Lieberman February 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm -

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

  9. Be Self Sufficient February 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm -

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

  10. James Thomas March 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm -

    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.

  11. Georgianne March 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm -

    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!

  12. selfmademax March 13, 2012 at 2:36 am -

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

  13. Mike Lieberman March 13, 2012 at 7:27 am -


  14. Mike Lieberman March 13, 2012 at 7:27 am -

    That works.

  15. Mike Lieberman March 13, 2012 at 7:27 am -

    Good find!

  16. Mike Lieberman March 13, 2012 at 7:27 am -

    All doable too.

  17. April DeMarco March 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm -

    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!

  18. Mike Lieberman March 19, 2012 at 7:52 am -

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

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