How to Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons

How to Start Seedlings in Egg Cartons
Since spring FINALLY looks like it might be around the corner, I decided to start some seeds for the garden. I used this handy method that is CHEAP, EASY & GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

All you need to do is take paper egg cartons (styrofoam won’t work for this purpose) and cut off the lids. Fill each cup with potting soil and add your seeds, placing them at the depth indicated on the seed packet. Place the cups on a shallow tray. Jelly roll pans would work for this, but I use an old plastic boot tray. Then fill the tray with water. The water will soak up through the cups. Cover the trays with plastic wrap and keep in a warm sunny place. When your seedlings are ready for the garden, just cut the cups apart and plant the seedlings (cups and all) right into the garden!

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  1. Great idea! Much cheaper than buying the plants.

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