Monday, March 4, 2013

Frugal Seedling Pots

  Snow is still covering the ground but spring is in the air! I saw a couple of cardinals just this week so it has to be on it's way. I'm starting to get excited about my garden and I've noticed the stores are starting to sell seeds. For the third year I'm going to start my own seedlings and this year I'm determined to spend as little money as possible.
  I picked up a bunch of seed packets at Aldi for $.49 and Menards for $.19 and $.95. I also got an 8 liter bag of seed starter potting soil for $3.44. To grow my seedlings this year I decided I'm reusing and repurposing items I've already got.
 I saved 17 toilet rolls and 2 egg cartons to use for my seedlings. 
  I found this tutorial on You Grow Girl on how to make your own Toilet Roll Seedling pot. Easy to do but I only had 17 rolls saved up and I want to start a lot more seedlings. When I saw that I can use newspaper to make Homemade Seedling Pots I got really excited and made a bunch.
 I cut the newspaper along the seams into fourths and then folded each page in half. I then rolled it around a small glass and pushed the edges into the cup. I carefully pulled the glass off and had an easy & frugal seedling pot. My favorite thing about these pots- I can place them directly into the ground when it's time to transplant! No more mangling the delicate roots when taking them out of a pot and putting them in the garden. The paper is biodegradable so they can go into my garden and these pots are practically free.

  For my first round of seedlings I planted English lavender, hyssop, Giant Italian parsley, Sugar Snap peas, Romanesco broccoli, Romaine lettuce, Numex Big Jim peppers, Buttercrunch lettuce, Bloomsdale spinach and Chicago Pickling cucumbers. This was way more that I had planned but when I saw the huge seed displays I couldn't resist stocking up.

  Last night I rolled up about 50 more newspaper seedling pots while watching a certain silly vampire movie. I don't know where I'm going to put them since my laundry room is pretty crowded and I have to keep them out of reach of my cat. Somehow next week I'm going to plant even more seedlings. I'm feeling optimistic about my garden and I'm ready for spring to arrive!

How about you- Do you have any frugal seedling tips? Are you ready for spring?

This post was shared at: Clever ChicksNatural Living MondayMake Your Own MondayHomestead Barn HopWildcrafting WednesdayYour Green Resource

7 comments:

  1. Nice! Why pay for peat pots.... I've got a few toilet paper rolls, lots of newspaper and seeds to start. Thanks. I found you on Make Your Own Monday link up party

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  2. I may return the trays I bought from Home Depot yesterday - great idea! (Stopped by from Clever Chicks)

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  3. Found on Homestead barn hop, someone linked the site.

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  4. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  5. Great idea! Thanks for not adding more plastic to the landfills! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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  6. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  7. I'll have to try some of these. I just planted some seeds in half an eggshell and an egg carton. Totally ran out of eggshells already...good to know there are some other options out there! Thanks!

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