Why shop around for cheap or free seed starting containers? Aren’t those little peat pots pretty cheap anyway? Not really. Especially when you consider they’re disposable. You can only use them once. In fact, the price of ready-made seed starting containers has gone through the roof. What else can be used to start seeds for your spring garden or fall houseplants?
Foam cups make awesome seed starting containers.
This spring, 200 foam cups cost around five dollars at a big box store. The same amount of peat pots cost approximately forty five dollars. Who knows how much they’ll be next year? That price difference might enable you to buy good quality potting soil to fill the peat pots, with a good deal of cash leftover. Plus, foam cups are re-usable. Just save them once the seedlings are planted.
Please note: If you plan on using foam cups as seed starting containers, punch a hole in the bottom for drainage.
You can write the name of the plant right on the cup.
If it breaks, it cost you less than a penny to replace.
You can use egg cartons as free seed starting containers too.
These babies are great for starting seeds in. They’re already compartmentalized. Just like the foam cups, you’ll need to poke a hole for drainage. You can’t re-use these next year because they absorb too much water, but at least they didn’t just go in the trash. If you’re vegan, like me, ask your friends and neighbors for their egg cartons. After all, they were going to eat the eggs anyway and at least you’re recycling.
Please note: If you plan on using egg cartons as free seed starting containers, don’t plant them like you do the peat pots. They will grow mold underground. Remove seedlings from the cartons before planting.
The container gets wet. It holds extra water for the plant.
You can peel it right off for easy planting.
Plastic jugs and paper cartons make excellent free seed starting containers.
To use jugs, just cut the top away, leaving the handle. Punch a hole in the bottom, fill with soil and you’re ready to plant. If you’d rather, you can use small rocks for drainage instead of punching a hole. As for the paper cartons, just cut the top off, punch a hole in the bottom, fill with soil and you’ve got a nice little container.
Both the plastic and paper containers can be saved for use next year, since the paper is wax coated.
The plastic jug has a built in handle, for easy carrying.
Old muffin tins and paper cupcake wrappers are cheap seed starting containers.
Just layer gravel or shells in the muffin tin for drainage. Punch a hole in the bottom of the paper wrappers. Fill them with soil and place them on top of the gravel. The muffin tin and potting soil will hold the wrappers upright.
The paper wrappers will lift right out of the muffin tin and are plantable.
You can use the tin every year.
You don’t have to feel guilty throwing away your old worn out muffin tin.
Use plastic margarine tubs as seed starting containers.
Punch a hole in the bottom of your clean, used margarine tub. Layer gravel on the bottom for extra drainage. Fill with dirt and plant away.
Use the margarine tub cover as a plant saucer to catch water draining from the plant.
They can be used for many years.
They stack neatly for storage.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property