Follow These 3 Easy Ways to Create Eco-Friendly Seed Starters
Follow These 3 Easy Ways to Create Eco-Friendly Seed Starters
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Follow These 3 Easy Ways to Create Eco-Friendly Seed Starters

Many green-fingered Brits grow their own vegetables to save up on money or to lower their grocery bills. However, things may still get expensive if you have to purchase tons of pots and soil.

But did you know that you can save money and reduce waste by making seed starters yourself? Seed starters are designed to give your seeds the strongest possible start!

If you wish to start your seeds without having to buy a bunch of new stuff, feel free to use our ultimate eco-friendly seed starter guide and begin seeding sustainably!

Remember, the sooner you start your seeds, the quicker you’re able to begin harvesting food from your garden.

How To Make Eco-Friendly Seed Starters Using Eggshells

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Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • One egg carton
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds of your choice
  • Water

Instructions:

1. Building the Container

Cut off the lid of the egg carton. Then place it underneath the base for stability and to prevent leaking.

2. Adding the Soil

There are many types of seed starting mixes in the market. So be sure to choose what’s right for your plants.

Once you have your mix, fill each egg cell with potting soil. Press the soil down lightly with your fingertips to firm it up.

3. You Are Now Ready to Sow!

Typically you need to use your finger to make a hole in the seed starter’s soil. Place plant seeds according to the package instructions.

Once the seeds are in, proceed to cover it with soil.

4. Care for Your Plant

Water and care for your plant according to the seed packet instructions. Once grown, you can then proceed to transfer the little plant into its permanent home.

Before planting, simply tear away individual egg cells and remove their base. This allows the roots to access more soil and grow without being confined.

For a more in-depth guide, you can watch our tutorial video below, made just for you! Click the play button to start.

How To Make Eco-Friendly Seed Starters Using Newspaper Pots

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Not only are newspaper pots easy to make, but they’re 100% environmentally friendly!

Take note: the same can’t be said for glossy magazine papers, as they contain trace amounts of heavy metals. As much as possible, avoid using them if you want to give your seeds the strongest possible start.

Here’s what you need:

  • Old newspaper
  • Scissors
  • A jar (which will act as your mould)
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds of your choice
  • Water

Instructions:

1. Preparation

Grab some newspapers, a pair of scissors, and a jar. Using the jar as a reference, start cutting the newspaper into strips.

About 3 centimetres (or 1 inch) taller than your jar is advised.

2. Building a Cylinder

Take your jar and place it to one end of the strip. Be sure that the open end of the jar sticks out.

Then you can tightly roll the strip around the jar to form a paper cylinder.

3. Building the Base

Be sure to have a firm grip of the paper and the jar for this next step. Turn the jar on its end, with it’s base-side up.

This will allow you to see the newspaper jutting out on top. Fold the newspaper inwards to create a base.

4. Making the Paper Pot Stable

Once the base has been made, push down and pinch the edges. This makes the structure a bit more firm and stable.

Hold on to the bottom flaps and pull out the jar. Once the jar is out, be sure to fold the rim of the paper pot inwards.

This prevents the paper pot from unravelling. That’s it! You just created your newspaper pot!

5. Adding the Soil

Once you’ve made a paper pot, you can start filling it with potting mix. There are many seed starter formulas out there, so choose what’s right for you.

Or for more even more savings, you can make one yourself!

6. Planting Your Seeds

You can now start planting your seeds once the paper pot is filled with soil. Simply stick your finger in the soil to make a tiny hole.

Then plant your seeds according to the package instructions.

7. Taking Care of Your Plants

Water and care for your plant according to the seed packet instructions. Once grown, you can then proceed to transfer the little plant into its permanent home.

Take Note: There is no need to remove the newspaper as it’ll degrade without danger to your pants in just a few weeks.

For a more in-depth guide, you can watch our tutorial video below, made just for you! Click the play button to start.

How To Make Eco-Friendly Seed Starters Using Toilet Paper Tubes

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Toilet paper tubes are a staple of children’s’ arts and crafts projects. But did you know you can use them as seed starters as well?

Give your seeds the strongest possible start, by NOT throwing away toilet paper tubes.

Materials you’ll be needing:

  • One toilet paper tube
  • A tray
  • Rubber bands or string
  • Scissors
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds of your choice
  • Water

Instructions:

1. Choosing the Size

You can change the depth of the pot, depending on the seed you’ll be planting, For seeds with a longer root run, you can use a standard toilet paper tube.

Otherwise, cut the toilet paper tube in two.

2. Setting up Your Seed Starters

Set your tubes within trays, so that the potting mix doesn’t fall out to the bottom. For added stability, you can group similar sized tubes and bind them using string or rubber bands.

3. Adding the Soil

Once you’ve made the structure of your seed-starter, you can start filling it with potting mix. There are many seed starter formulas out there, so choose what’s right for you.

Or for more even more savings, you can make one yourself!

4. Planting Your Seeds

You can now start planting your seeds once the toilet paper pots are filled with soil. Simply stick your finger in the soil to make a tiny hole.

Then plant your seeds according to the package instructions.

5. Taking Care of Your Plants

Water and care for your plant according to the seed packet instructions. Once it’s time to move the seedlings, you can plant them in a large pot or directly into the soil.

What’s excellent about toilet paper tubes is they will biodegrade over time. There you have it. Less waste and more savings with toilet paper pots!

For a more in-depth guide, you can watch our tutorial video below, made just for you! Click the play button to start.

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